Minor Eye Injuries
This page can help you figure out what to do next after a minor eye injury. Below are some of the most common eye injuries people receive.
When there is a foreign object in your eye and you scratch/rub your eye,
corneal abrasion occurs. Corneal abrasion causes redness and increase
sensitivity to light in the eye. Corneal abrasion are also uncomfortable. If
you know your eye was scratched, it is important for you to seek a doctor
for an examination. Scratches can inflect serious damage if it become
infected. Fingernails and tree branches are common causes of scratched
eyes. If you do have a scratched eye, do not rub it. Warm and dark places
encourages bacteria growth. We recommend patching your eye with a
loose paper cup to shied it and see a doctor as soon as possible.
Anything that splashes in your eye that is not water can be scary. Unexpected splash or spray of substances that are not water can burn or sting but are usually harmless. However, some substances can cause some damage, these chemicals are: Acid and Alkali(basic). Acid burns can usually be washed out with water but alkali burns are more serious.
After being splashed by a chemical substances, you should immediately run your eyes in a steady stream of water for fifteen minutes. If severe pain, redness or blurry are occurring to your eye, you should go to an eye clinic or urgent care immediately for professional help.
Sometimes after being hit by a baseball or other physical impact
on the eye, the eye will swell up and become puffy. This is a swollen
eyelids commonly known as black eye). Usually this is harmless and
an ice pack is the best treatment. If the swollen is severe, there can
be internal damage, if you suspect this is your case, you should see
a doctor to double check.
Eye Bleeding (Subconjunctival Hemorrhage)
Eye bleeding usually look very painful in other people’s eyes, but
it is actually just a broken blood vessel that will heal on its own
without treatment. Subconjunctival Hemorrhage is painless and
will not cause any permanent damage to the eyes but sometimes
can result in the entire eye sclera being red. Usually for it takes
several weeks for Subconjunctival Hemorrhage to heal.
Penetrating in the Eye
If an object such as metal (fish hook, needle, pen tip etc…) penetrates your eye, you should immediately seek emergency help.