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Spotting and Dealing with the Most Commonly Reported Eye Injuries

There are many kinds of eye accidents that can occur, some more serious than others. Some may necessitate emergency action and immediate care by an optometrist, while others can be treated at home. Read these guidelines for routine eye injuries, to plan out the next step following an accident. Keep in mind that common sense preventive measures including using protective goggles may be the best way to maintain healthy vision.

One injury that should be treated seriously is a scratched eye. It can cause serious harm very quickly and possibly result in blindness. Abrasions are normally caused by a poke in the eye, or rubbing the eye when there is a particle of dust or sand in it. Since a scratch can open your eye to bacterial infection it's crucial that you contact your eye doctor or an emergency room. The best care for a corneal abrasion is to keep it loosely closed and to see your eye care practitioner immediately to inspect it. Touching the eye will only make it worse and patching the eye can give bacteria a place to grow.

It's important to be aware of what to do if you've been sprayed in the eye by a chemical. First, you need to rinse out your eye by putting your head beneath a steady flow of lukewarm water for approximately a quarter of an hour. Then contact your eye care practitioner or an urgent care clinic to find out what they recommend for such injuries. Make sure to tell the medical professional precisely what chemical got into your eye and what you're doing. If your eye is extremely red or blurry, go straight to your eye care practitioner or an urgent care clinic after rinsing it with water. Exposure to chemicals in the eye can cause a range of degrees of damage, from minimal pain to serious harm and even vision loss.

While it is sometimes unpleasant to think about an injury to the eye, it's suggested to know how to react in such emergencies. By following this guide you can feel confident that you'll know how to handle most typical eye problems. Don't forget, extra safety protections can help you avoid this type of injuries from the get go so speak to your eye care practitioner about preventative eye care!