The delicate nature of the eyes means that they are constantly exposed to situations that may result in trauma. Receiving a blow to your eye or experiencing eye pain can make anyone feel uneasy. Recognizing the signs of eye trauma helps you determine if you can perform first aid at home or if professional treatment is the best option.
Common Injuries to the Eyes
Some types of eye trauma are obvious, such as when you know that your eye has been hit by an object. Others, though, may be subtler. The most common types of eye injuries that we see are:
- Scratches and abrasions on the surface of the cornea
- Damage to the iris
- Bleeding inside the eye
- Burns from chemicals and other substances
- Orbital fractures
- Particles in the eye
How Do I Know If I Have an Eye Injury?
Eye injuries involved not only actual damage to the eye but also concerns that may potentially damage the eye, such as having a small piece of metal or dirt in the eye. You may have an injury to your eye if you notice:
- Pain, aching and throbbing in or around the eye
- Unusual discharge
- Bleeding and blood in your tears
- Abnormal color changes in the eye
- Feeling like you have something in your eyes
- Inability to keep your eyes open
- Changes in vision
- Light sensitivity
When to See an Eyecare Specialist
Even benign eye injuries can lead to complications if not treated properly, so we recommend that you schedule an appointment as soon as possible. If you suspect and eye injury, take some precautions until your appointment.
- Do not rub the eye.
- Use non-prescription pain medications for discomfort.
- If a cold compress is applied to the eye, do so very gently so as not to penetrate the eye with any foreign bodies.
- If chemical burns are suspected, follow the instructions on the label of the product.
- Wear sunglasses.
- Use eyeglasses instead of contact lenses.
Learn More About General Eye Care. Contact Thom Eye & Laser Clinic.
To learn more about general eye care, cosmetic eyelid surgery, macular degeneration treatment and our other services, contact Thom Eye & Laser Center to schedule an appointment. If you prefer to contact us directly instead of using our online form, our office in Fargo can be reached at (701) 235-5200.