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Identifying and Handling the Most Common Eye Injuries

Eye injuries come in many shapes and sizes, with varying degrees of severity. Some may require emergency treatment and immediate care by an eye care practitioner, while others can be treated at home. Follow these guidelines for routine eye injuries, to plan out the next move in case of an accident. Don't forget that common sense safety measures such as using protective goggles or glasses may be your best approach to preventing eye problems altogether.

An example of an injury that should be regarded seriously is a corneal abrasion (scratched eye). It can lead to serious damage in a short amount of time and possibly end in vision loss. Scratches are generally caused by a poke in the eye, or scratching the eye when there is sand in it. Because a scratch can make your eye susceptible to fungal infection it's crucial that you see your eye doctor or an urgent care center. The best care for a scratched eye is to keep it loosely closed and to visit your eye care practitioner immediately to ensure it is isn't infected. Rubbing the eye will only make it worse and patching the eye provides the perfect environment for bacteria.

Another possible eye issue is chemical exposure. It can be scary when your are splashed in the eye by a potentially hazardous substance. The first thing to ascertain is which substance went into your eye. A chemical's fundamental makeup is the most essential factor. While acids can result in substantial swelling and pain, they can be rinsed out pretty easily. However, base or alkali chemicals can be more serious even though they don't appear to be because they don't cause as much initial stinging or redness as acids.

Though no one ever wants to think about an eye injury, it's recommended to have a plan for what to do in serious emergencies. By following this guide you can feel confident that you'll be ready to deal with most routine eye issues. Don't forget, extra safety protections can help you avoid these injuries altogether so consult with your eye doctor about preventative eye care !