Common Eye Injuries Our Retina Specialist Treats
Submitted by Elman Retina Group on April 13, 2018
It is extremely important to keep in mind that some eye injuries, even those that are common, may require immediate treatment or possibly even surgery in order to prevent permanent damage to the eye and vision loss. Here are 3 of the most common eye injuries and how our retina specialist, Dr. Elman can help.
A scratched eye, also known as a corneal abrasion, is typically caused by getting poked in the eye or rubbing your eye when there is a foreign body on your finger or your eye, such as dust. A corneal abrasion is extremely uncomfortable and may cause sensitivity to light and eye redness. If you are sure something has scratched your eye, do not attempt to treat it in any way; it is essential that you visit the eye doctor as soon as possible to seek treatment. A corneal abrasion may also make your eye more susceptible to a bacterial or fungal infection and without proper treatment, it may lead to blindness.
Foreign Object in the Eye
If a foreign object penetrates your eye, you should go to the emergency room immediately. By trying to remove the object yourself, you may cause even more injuries to your eye. If possible, try to cover the injured eye by cupping your hand over it or loosely tape a paper cup over the eye; this will protect your eye until you get to the emergency room. If the foreign object is small, such as a piece of metal, do not rub your eye or try to remove the object, instead wear sunglasses to prevent your eye from squinting in the sunlight and go directly to the emergency room.
Caustic Substance in Your Eye
If you accidentally splash a chemical substance in your eye, it is important to try and rinse the substance out of your eye. Put your head under a stream of cool to warm tap water for about 15-20 minutes; just let the water run into your eye and do not stop to dry your eye or face. After rinsing the eye, call your eye doctor or the emergency room to see what they recommend for this type of eye injury. Be sure to let them know what substance was splashed in your eye and whether or not you have attempted to rinse it out.
Have You Recently Experienced an Eye Injury? Contact Elman Retina Group For Treatment
If you have suffered an eye injury in the workplace or from everyday activities, contact us today! Elman Retina Group has three locations to choose from in Rosedale, Glen Burnie, and Pikesville.