People who live an active lifestyle are more prone to eye injuries. Sports accidents are a common cause of eye injuries, as a flying ball or collision on the field can lead to a black eye, eye fracture, or other injuries to your eyes. You can also sustain an eye injury at school, in your home, or workplace that requires immediate attention. If you live in Bellingham or the Northern Washington area, visit ClearView Eyecare to get the prompt eye injury treatment you need.
Common Eye Injuries
Eye injuries are more common than people think and can happen anywhere. Some of the most common eye injuries are:
- Black eye
- Corneal abrasion (scratches)
- Foreign object in your eye
- Eye bleeding
- Eye socket fracture
- Retinal detachment
These injuries should be evaluated by your eye doctor as soon as possible as they could warrant emergency treatment.
Symptoms of Eye Injuries
Sometimes what seems like a minor eye injury could be serious. That’s why it’s important to see your eye doctor as soon as possible after your injury, even if you’re not experiencing painful symptoms. Although some symptoms appear immediately, others could be delayed and not appear until days later. It’s better to be safe than sorry when it comes to your vision. Some symptoms to look out for include:
- Pain and inflammation in or around your eye
- Bruising in or around your eye
- Eye bleeding
- Changes in your vision such as blurred vision, double vision, partial or total vision loss
- Changes in the appearance of your eye, i.e. your eye may sink into or protrude from its socket or your pupils may change in size
Contact your optometrist for anything out of the ordinary with your eyes. We could help prevent permanent damage to your sight.
Causes of Eye Injuries
Fistfights, blows from flying objects, sports accidents, car accidents, exposure to flying materials from industrial work, and chemical splashes are some of the common causes of eye injuries. Many injuries can be prevented by wearing protective facial gear at work and on the field. The important thing is getting immediate eye injury treatment. Your optometrist will give you a thorough eye exam to assess the damage and recommend an appropriate treatment.
See Our Northern Washington Optometrists for Eye Injury Treatment
When in doubt, it’s always best to get an emergency eye exam for eye injuries – particularly those that cause pain, swelling, or bleeding. For quality eye care services you can trust, call ClearView Eyecare today at (360) 392 8306 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form for non-emergencies.