Why You Should Never Ignore Eye Injuries
Optometry is about far more than basic vision problems and glasses care. At University Eye Associates, with convenient locations in Charlotte, Davidson, and Harrisburg (Rocky River), we treat many eye injuries.
While they may not always seem serious right away, the truth is that all eye injuries should be addressed as quickly as possible. Ignoring them can actually cause an injury to go from mild to severe, and vision may be affected in the long term. Delaying treatment of serious eye injuries right from the start can lead to even more extensive health problems. If you currently have an eye injury, or a loved one does, give us a call right away at University Eye Associates.
In the meantime, keep reading to learn more about recognizing various types of eye injuries.
Common Eye Injuries
- Corneal Abrasion - This injury occurs when the eye becomes scratched. Corneal abrasions can vary greatly in severity, though common symptoms include sensitivity to light, eye redness or even visible scratch marks. Leaving it unattended can result in bacteria and fungi entering the eye, leading to serious infections.
- Eye Puncture / Penetration - Any foreign object of any kind that punctures the eye can cause serious damage. If you are able to, guard the affected eye with a paper cup or other form of eye shield, then seek treatment as soon as possible.
- Chemical Burn - Getting splashed or sprayed in the eye with chemical substances can cause loss of vision (or blurred vision), visible burn marks or eye stinging. If this happens, rinse out the eye immediately with water and give us a call.
- Orbital Fractures / Hyphemas - Certain kinds of blunt force trauma directly to or near the eye can cause anterior chamber bleeding and must be addressed as soon as possible.
- Eye Swelling - Any kind of eye swelling (with or without redness and loss of vision) should be addressed immediately.
- Eye Bleeding - A wide variety of injuries can cause bleeding in or near the eye, and they should be treated as soon as possible.
- Traumatic Iritis - Pokes or jabs to the eye can cause long-term injuries. Traumatic Iritis usually results in inflammation of the iris (colored part of the eye surrounding the pupil) and may also come with the loss of vision.
Treating Eye Injuries
There are a wide variety of optometry treatments to address the many types of injuries that can occur. If you or a loved one has an eye injury, please give us a call right away to find out what to do next. We may advise you to come immediately to one of our locations, which are in Charlotte (704-547-1551), Davidson (704-896-9090) and Harrisburg/Rocky River (704-536-6042). Depending on the severity, we may advise you to head to the emergency room. Either way, the faster the eye injury is addressed, the better the outcome will be.