Common Eye Injuries

An eye injury can happen at any time. Whether you're at work or at play, when the wind blows or when you're doing chores. While eye injuries are common, they require attention and treatment. An optometrist in Mooresville, NC can help repair an eye injury. 

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Corneal Abrasion Scratched Eye 

A scratched eye can result from being poked in the eye or by rubbing your eye when something is in it, like a speck of dirt or sand. If you work in a wood or metal shop, it’s important to wear goggles to prevent shavings from entering the eye.

If you’re poked in the eye by a finger, twig, tree branch, etc. you could have a corneal abrasion. This eye injury is very uncomfortable and can result in an eye infection. 

Penetrating Or Foreign Objects In The Eye

When your parents told you, “You’ll put someone’s eye out,” they meant it. Penetrating objects can be anything from a small shard of glass to a sharp pencil or a metal object. These things like operating construction equipment, tossing objects or even just roughhousing or playing can lead to having a foreign object in one’s eye.

If this happens the best thing to do is not to try to remove the object yourself. Instead, call emergency services and get to a hospital. Surgery is usually required to save a person’s vision. Follow up with an optometrist after surgery is required as well, as you’ll need regular check-ups until the injury is completely healed.

Chemical Burn 

Cleaning detergents, solvents, other caustic substances can splash into the eye, damaging vision. When this happens you flush your eye with water immediately for at least 15 minutes. Hold your eye open as wide as possible with your fingers and remove contact lenses. 

After rinsing, you should see a doctor as soon as possible to prevent permanent injury or vision loss. You should follow up at your optometry office for further care. 

Broken Blood Vessel (Subconjunctival Hemmorage)

If you ‘ve ever been hit in the, you may have experienced a broken vessel. It can appear as a small red to or cover the entire sclera. Broken blood vessels typically heal on their own, however, if the trauma was severe enough it can also come with blurred vision or even temporary blindness. 

If your vision is affected after a blood vessel has broken in your eye, you should see an optometrist immediately to rule out any lasting damage or vision problems

Call Our Eye Care Specialists Today!

If you experience an eye injury, and you’re in the Mooresville area contact us immediately. Our eye care specialists have the experience to help keep your eyesight.

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