If you have experienced an eye injury of any kind, you need to contact an eye care professional for advice as soon as possible, even if it’s the weekend. Most eye doctors provide an emergency contact number for that very reason. In an extreme situation, such as an injury that has penetrated the eye or if an eye has been knocked out of its socket, the sufferer should get to the nearest hospital right away; don’t waste time trying to call someone. Any eye injury should be treated as a potential emergency, so never hesitate to contact an eye doctor. The simplest scratch can cause serious, and even permanent, vision loss – even blindness.
If you or someone you witness experiences the following, get to a doctor immediately:
- Difficulty or pain in seeing
- Pupil of an unusual shape or size
- A torn or cut eyelid
- Blood in the eye
- One eye is moving differently from the other, or not as well
- An object is under the lid or in the eye, not easily removed
- One eye is protruding
A few next steps:
- Do not rub the eye if there is a speck or particle in the eye; thoroughly flush with water to clean the particle out.
- If there is a foreign object or puncture in the eye, again – do not rub it, nor try to remove it. Seek medical attention immediately.
- If a chemical burn is experienced, open the eye as wide as possible, and use water to flush the eye for at least fifteen minutes. Continue the flushing on the way to obtain immediate medical care if the burn was caused by a basic or caustic solution.
- Treat an eye that has experienced a blow with a cold compress applied gently with no pressure. Call your eye doctor if the pain persists, or if the sufferer is having trouble seeing, or there is bleeding or discoloration of the eye.
The best way to take care of your eyes is to practice prevention first and foremost. Always wear protective equipment when you are doing anything that could potentially cause an eye injury. And if the worst happens, call us here at Classic Vision Care right away!