What to Do if an Eye Injury Occurs
By Jeffrey Schultz on December 17, 2013
Eye injuries need to be taken very seriously since they can have lasting repercussions on your vision. It's important that people act properly and promptly following an eye injury so that major issues can be avoided.
We talked about eye care emergencies previously on this blog, but right now we want to consider them from a different angle by giving a few tips on what to do following particular kinds of eye injuries. Be sure to meet with an optometrist when advisable to get the eye care that you need or for additional information about various eye injuries.
Seek Medical Attention If the Injury Is Potentially Life Threatening
First and foremost if you have sustained an eye injury that is very serious and may be potentially life-threatening, it's important that you seek emergency medical attention right away. Pressing medical emergencies should be dealt with as soon as possible.
Actions to Avoid Following and Eye Injury
After your eye or eyes have been injured, our eye care specialists advise that you do NOT do the following:
- Rub your eyes
- Apply pressure to your eyes
- Physically try to remove foreign objects in your eye
- Use tweezers on the eyes
- Place ointments in the eye
The above actions can make injuries worse, so better to be cautious.
Tips for Dealing with Chemicals in the Eye
If you get any chemicals in your eyes or suffer from chemical burns, it's important to turn your head to the side and flush out your eye with clean, cool tap water for 15 minutes. If needed, this can also be done while in the shower. (Be sure to remove contact lenses before doing this.)
After the eye has been flushed, go to the emergency room as soon as possible.
Tips for Dealing with Foreign Objects in the Eye
For small objects stuck in your eye, be sure to blink first and see if you can flush it naturally with tears. If this does not work, wash your hands and carefully hold your eyelids (not the eye itself) and roll your eye to see if you can identify the foreign object. When identified, try to flush it out with clean, cool tap water as mentioned above.
If there is a large object stuck in your eye, do NOT attempt to remove it. Instead, seek emergency medical attention right away since it will require professional care to address this matter.
Tips for Dealing with Cuts/Scratches to the Eye
Cuts, scratches, and other kinds of abrasive injuries to the eyelids or eyeballs should be dealt with by medical professionals. If needed, a clean, cold compress can be held against the affected eye so long as the patient avoids placing pressure on the eye itself.
Learn More About Emergency Eye Care Services
For more information about what you should do following an eye injury and other matters related to overall vision care and wellness, be sure to contact our eye care center serving the Cleveland area today. The entire team here looks forward to meeting you in person and discussing these matters in greater detail.
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