Eye injuries from foreign objects and chemicals are common. With the potential to cause pain and even permanently damage your vision, all kinds of eye trauma need prompt medical attention. Vipin Kuriachan, MD is an expert ophthalmologist and eye surgeon practicing at Kuriachan Eye Institute in Irving, Texas. If you’ve suffered an eye injury, make an appointment by phone or online today.
The most common type of eye injury is a corneal abrasion or scratch on the surface of your eye. These scratches can be caused by fingernails, makeup brushes, and other foreign bodies.
Some jobs, hobbies, and activities increase your risk of eye damage. Carpentry and metalworking increase your risk of getting small foreign objects like wood shavings, metal, or dust in your eyes. Mowing the grass can also cause eye injuries.
Blows to the face or eyes can lead to eye trauma. Black eyes, or significant bruising, can develop as a result of being hit with a hard object like a rock, fist, or ball.
Chemical burns occur when a chemical gets in your eyes. Mild chemical burns include getting soap or shampoo in your eyes. Serious chemical burns can develop if you get household chemicals like oven cleaner, fertilizer, or bleach in your eyes.
Many small eye irritations heal quickly. But, more serious eye injuries can compromise your vision and eye health. Symptoms of serious eye trauma include:
Seek medical care for any of these symptoms. There are some situations when you should call 911 or go to the emergency room for eye trauma. These include chemical burns that cause pain even after your eye has been flushed with water, and situations where glass, metal, or another foreign object is sticking out of your eyeball.
If you suffer eye trauma, don’t rub your eye. Try to wash out small foreign bodies with water or sterile saline solution. If the object is not easily flushed out, don’t try to remove it yourself. If the object is large or sticking out of your eye, go to the emergency room or call 911.
Chemical burns should be immediately flushed with water. Don’t close your eyes, as this can trap the chemical in your eye and cause more damage. Seek professional medical care if your eye is still hurting after 15-20 minutes of continuous flushing.
For serious eye injuries and reconstruction, turn to Kuriachan Eye Institute. Offering the latest in eye surgery, Dr. Kuriachan can treat infections and chemical burns, remove foreign bodies, and perform the ocular surface reconstruction.
Dr. Kuriachan and the team at Kuriachan Eye Institute provide comprehensive care for eye trauma, from exams to surgery. Call the office, or request an appointment online today.