• Paramedic nurse attending to a patient's eye after injury- eye bandaged

How to Tell If Your Eye Injury Is Serious

Eye injuries hap­pen sud­den­ly and often with­out imme­di­ate­ly notice­able dam­age. How­ev­er, eye injuries can inten­si­fy quick­ly and lead to per­ma­nent vision loss or blind­ness.

Because of the threat of blind­ness, it is obvi­ous that if you hit your eye, you should sched­ule the soon­est pos­si­ble appoint­ment with your physi­cian or oph­thal­mol­o­gist.

Look out for the following after an eye injury:

  • Trou­ble see­ing
  • Irreg­u­lar pupil dila­tion or shape
  • Blood in the eye
  • Tears and cuts in the eye­lid
  • Slow eye­ball move­ment in one or both eyes Debris that is caught and can­not be removed
  • Pain
  • Bulging eye

While you wait to see your physician, follow these guidelines for responding to the eye injury:

  • Avoid rub­bing, touch­ing or apply­ing pres­sure to the eye
  • If an object is lodged in the eye, do not attempt to remove it your­self. Lift the upper eye­lid and blink, allow­ing the par­ti­cle to come out on its own. If you can­not remove it, get med­ical help.
  • Do not apply med­ica­tion or oint­ment until you know exact­ly what is wrong with the eye
  • Sched­ule to see an oph­thal­mol­o­gist ASAP
  • In the case of a chem­i­cal burn, flush the eye with clean water and head to the emer­gency room.
  • Apply a cold com­press to the eye after a blow or hit. Do not apply any pres­sure, the com­press is to reduce swelling and pain. Regard­less of the inten­si­ty of the blow, seek your physi­cian or ophthalmologist’s opin­ion.
  • For irri­tat­ing debris, you can use eye­wash to attempt to clean the eye. If unsuc­cess­ful, ban­dage the eye and head to the emer­gency room.

Eye injuries can lead to seri­ous reper­cus­sions, includ­ing per­ma­nent vision loss and blind­ness, so it is impor­tant to tend to them as soon as seri­ous­ly as pos­si­ble. 

February 13th, 2018|Comments Off on How to Tell If Your Eye Injury Is Serious

About the Author:

Born in Connecticut and raised in Upstate New York , Dr. Stetson graduated Cum Laude from Colgate University in New York, and then earned an MD degree with honors at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. He distinguished himself again in residency at the Albany Medical Center, where he obtained the highest percentile in the Ophthalmology Knowledge Assessment Examinations. Dr. Stetson has performed more than 50,000 refractive surgeries and has been on staff at Diamond Vision since 2004, before becoming Medical Director in 2006.
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