Learn More About Eye Injuries - A Black Eye & Other Common Eye Emergencies In Glassboro, NJ
Minor injuries to your eyes include contact with chemicals, poking your eye with a finger, rubbing salt or spices on your eye, and impact wounds. Since these eye emergencies are relatively common, it’s smart to know what to do in case they happen! We’ve prepared some basic guidelines on the best first response for you to take.
It’s important to stress that eye injuries that penetrate your eye, such as deep puncture wounds and corneal abrasions, may require immediate medical attention or surgery to prevent permanent damage and vision loss. If you suffer from a penetrating eye emergency, don’t delay in seeking treatment!
Contact Dr. William S. Berger, your eye expert, and Glassboro, NJ optometrist for assistance with all types of eye emergencies and injury.
When Eyes Come into Contact with Chemicals, Fumes or Harmless Spices
When chemical exposure occurs, the most helpful thing you can do is to don’t rub your eyes. Wash out your eye as soon as possible with a lot of water; use whatever water source is most convenient – even if it’s the garden hose. Even if your eye feels better after rinsing, do not bandage it.
After you flush your eye out with lukewarm water (for approximately 15-20 minutes), seek medical advice about how eye contact with this particular chemical is handled. Depending upon the specific substance, the effects of chemical exposure can range from redness and minor irritation to serious ocular damage and even blindness.
A substance doesn’t need to be caustic to irritate your eyes. Burning pain can occur even if you have harmless salt or spices on your fingers and you accidentally rub your eyes. Rinsing your hands and then flushing your eyes with water will help relieve the pain and irritation.
When Your Eye is Hit, Poked or Punched
Apply a cold compress immediately, taking care not to put any pressure on your eye. Take an over-the-counter pain reliever, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen. If you experience any changes in your vision, pain when moving your eye, bleeding, or bruising, visit your eye doctor as soon as possible.
When a Foreign Particle is Stuck on Your Eye
If a foreign object, such as an eyelash or particle of dirt, gets stuck under your eyelid, you can generally remove it on your own. This does not refer to cases when the object penetrates your eye. When penetration happens, it is regarded as a medical eye emergency that requires immediate attention.
Without rubbing your eye, pull the upper lid down and blink many times. This will often flush the particle out naturally. If this tactic doesn’t work, then flush your eye with water. If rinsing isn’t effective, it is time to call Dr. Berger for assistance in our Glassboro office.
When You Have Swelling or a Black Eye
Black eyes are typical eye emergencies that should be treated with an ice pack. Sports injuries, such as being struck in the eye with a baseball or punched by a stray elbow, can cause puffy, swollen eyelids and bruising. While a simple black eye will gradually heal on its own, we recommend that you contact your eye doctor to verify that there is no internal damage.
When Your Iris is Inflamed
Your iris is the colored part of the eye that surrounds your pupil. Traumatic iritis – swelling of this part of your eye – can result from a finger poke or impact with a blunt object, such as a hand or ball. Traumatic iritis generally needs medical treatment to prevent vision loss.