According to Ophthalmologists if you think your eye may be injured, you should always take it seriously. This is the only way you can prevent serious and lasting damage to your vision. If you want to understand eye injuries more, here are some of the important aspects you should recognize.
Eye injuries can result from getting hit by sports equipment, hands, feet, debris, and projectiles. Your eyes can even suffer damage from chemical splashes.
Please seek medical care right away if you have mild to severe pain, partial or total vision loss, an eye that is swollen shut, a pupil that is unequal or distorted, or double vision.
It is always best to see an ophthalmologist or an ER doctor immediately when you injure your eye. Never attempt to treat the eye injury on your own, even if it seems to be minor at first glance.
If you think you’ve scratched your eye you can try to rinse it out with clean water if you think there’s a foreign body, otherwise keep it closed, wear sunglasses, stay in a dark room, and if it doesn’t resolve shortly seek ophthalmic care or emergency room care.
For synthetic materials, such as glass or metal, that enter your eye, eye care specialists advise that you do not rub your affected eye. Also, try to blink and see if your tears can flush out the foreign body. If blinking doesn’t work, get some clean water or saline solution to flush the debris. You can also pull your upper eyelid over your lower eyelid so the lower eyelashes can help brush the debris off. In case you can’t get the debris out of your eye, go to the ER, or see your eye doctor immediately.
For chemical injuries, it is always important to rinse the eyes with clean water from the sink, fountain, or shower as well as you can for 15 to 20 minutes. Never apply pressure on your affected eye and do not try to treat it yourself. Seek emergency eye care as soon as possible. For severe chemical injuries especially if they have occurred in the workplace after flushing out right away, please go to the emergency room closest to you to seek continued irrigation and care!
Injuries to your eye can result in lasting damage to your vision. It is always best to be sure and seek emergency eye care at once. Here at Eastside Eye Physicians, we are always ready to tend to your urgent eye injuries. Please call us at 586-200-1905 (St. Clair Shores) and 586-247-2020 (Shelby Township), for emergency eye care. You can also go straight to our clinics in Michigan, for emergency consultation and treatment.