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What to Do if You've Suffered an Eye Injury

If you have suffered any kind of eye injury, see an eye doctor right away. Your sight is nothing to fool around with. Some eye trauma can lead to lifelong issues, including making you more susceptible to glaucoma. Talk to an ophthalmologist at Memphis Eye & Cataract Associates in Memphis to learn more.

Eye Trauma 

If you suffer an eye injury, immediately contact an eye doctor near you for medical advice. Intervention depends on the type of injury suffered.

If you sustain an eye injury, here is what you should do:

  • Contact an emergency eye doctor.
  • Be prepared to present at an emergency room if your doctor recommends this or if your injury is severe.
  • Ask your eye care provider or emergency personnel whether or not you should remove contact lenses, if applicable.
  • If you have a workplace eye-flush area, flush your eyes for several minutes to help remove chemical, toxic, or caustic chemicals from your eyes.

If you are unsure if your eye injury merits a visit to our ophthalmologist, make an appointment. Treat your injury like an emergency and contact our eye doctor right away to be safe.

Causes of Eye Injures

Many people sustain eye injuries at their work. Approximately 20% of these injuries result in vision loss, some permanently. Many more injuries are caused by common household cleaners and products. Children are most vulnerable to eye trauma through sports and physical activities, and about 40% of these involve young kids under age 14.

Ask your eye surgeon or ophthalmologist, and you will discover that nearly 90% of all eye traumas can be prevented by wearing protective eyewear, like safety glasses.

Some common causes of eye injury and trauma include:

  • Use of tools 
  • Chemicals
  • Radiation
  • Cosmetic applicators and brushes
  • Fingernails 
  • Lawn and garden care or landscaping
  • Bungee cords
  • Falls
  • Champagne corks
  • Balls and pucks
  • Sticks, rackets, and bats
  • Airborne or wind-blown debris or particles 
  • Sunlight
  • Paint-balls
  • Fireworks

Always pay close attention when engaging in activities that may injure your eyes, whether at work or at home. Avoid multitasking to curb the risk of eye trauma and wear eye protection.

If you have had serious eye trauma or injury, you may need an eye surgeon. Call or visit to learn more. 

If you have been injured or experienced eye trauma, make an appointment to speak with an eye doctor at Memphis Eye & Cataract Associates in Memphis. Many eye injuries do not fully manifest until later- which can impact vision for the rest of your life. Schedule an appointment for an exam and assessment today.

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