Nearly a million Americans have visual impairments as the result of eye injuries; and, most of these could have been prevented.
Pain, bleeding and swelling of the eye are all reasons to seek medical attention. A puncture wound, a severe blow, a sharp foreign body in the eye, laceration of the eyelid or chemical burn are all reasons to seek immediate medical care.
The outlook on recovery from eye injuries is good: one in five patients with a ruptured eye globe, a serious injury, may continue to have excellent vision and no apparent signs of perforation.
To avoid injury, practice good eye safety. Many eye injuries result from car accidents. Play it smart:
- seatbelts and airbags greatly reduce the risk of eye injury in vehicle accidents;
- wear protective eye wear when playing sports or taking care of household chores, such as mowing the lawn;
- wear industrial goggles with side shields for tasks that put eyes at risk from metal, glass or wood fragments and chemicals–they are essential!
With some types of injuries, squeezing or rubbing the eye can do serious damage. Taking the patient to an emergency department or opthamologist’s office is the safest option.
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