Your eyes are susceptible to all kinds of injuries. It is important to know what to do if an injury occurs, so you can avoid permanent vision loss. At the optometry office of H. Arnold Papernick OD in Mt. Pleasant, we treat all manner of eye injuries to promote healing and preserve your vision.
Common Eye Injuries
Eye injuries can happen to anyone at any time. Some injuries are minor and heal on their own. Others are quite serious, requiring immediate optometry treatment. By taking prompt and effective action when needed, you can avoid losing your sight. Some of the most common eye injuries are:
Eyelid Cuts and Scratches
Small cuts on your eyelid often heal on their own without needing treatment. A deep cut should be checked by your doctor as it may require stitches.
Eye swelling can occur due to an allergic reaction, bug bite, bee sting, or getting hit by a flying object, which may also result in bruising. Applying an ice pack to your eye should relieve the swelling. If symptoms persist, schedule a checkup with our optometry specialist.
Blunt trauma is when you receive a blow to your eye, such as from a bat or racquet during sports play. Severe blunt trauma can damage the lens, cornea, and retina of your eye. Symptoms may include pain, inflammation, blurred vision, double vision, or loss of vision. A visit to your Mt. Pleasant eye doctor will determine the severity of your injury so you can get the appropriate treatment.
Chemical burns can occur if you accidentally spill chemicals or spray chemical products in your eyes. Acids generally cause redness and a burning sensation, which can be alleviated by immediately washing out your eye. Alkali chemicals, such as those from oven or toilet bowl cleaners, don’t cause much pain but can damage your eyes, leading to vision loss. Seek medical help for chemical burn treatment.
These are scratches on the cornea of your eye often caused by tree branches or foreign objects in your eye. Minor abrasions will heal on their own within a few days. If an abrasion is impacting your sight, see our Mt. Pleasant eye doctor for a checkup.
Contact Dr. H. Arnold Papernick for Eye Injury Treatment
If you’re suffering from pain or visual impairment due to an eye injury, contact our optometry specialist, H. Arnold Papernick OD, in Mt. Pleasant by calling at (724) 547-5711 for diagnosis and treatment. We’re here to meet all your eye-care needs.