Eye emergencies and Injuries: How to keep your eyes safe
Most people believe that eye injuries are common in the workplace especially in manufacturing and construction industries. Contrary to this, nearly half (44.8%) of all eye-related injuries (eye emergencies) occurred at home. This is according to findings published by the American Society of Ocular Trauma (ASOT).
A further 40% of reported eye injuries were due to sports-related activity. This disproves the myth that most eye injuries occur at the workplace. What’s even more shocking is the fact that about 78% of the people who were injured were not wearing any protective eyewear.
Protect Your Precious Eyes
Some common eye injuries like corneal abrasions (scratched cornea), chemical burns, traumatic iritis, swelling and bleeding require emergency treatment to prevent permanent eye damage and potential vision loss. Note that simply wearing protective eyewear at work or when playing sports can save you from a lot of trouble.
Here are few common emergency cases we see at our office on regular basis:
If your eye is poked or if you rub it when a foreign object like sand or a small piece of metal is present then it is likely to cause an abrasion. A corneal abrasion is very uncomfortable and often results in redness of the eye. You’ll also likely to become too sensitive to light. Seek medical attention immediately if you believe you have a foreign body in your eye or if you might have a corneal abrasion. Corneal abrasions make you susceptible to bacterial and fungal infections. In addition to this, don’t rub the eye or patch it as doing so creates a perfect environment for bacteria to thrive. Our optometrists at our 360 Eyecare clinics in Toronto are licensed and experienced in treating such conditions.
Getting an eye splash or being sprayed in the eyes by a substance other than spotless clean water can be threatening to the integrity of the eye. Chemical may cause serious eye injuries. The two common causes of foreign substances that cause chemical burns to the eyes are acids and alkalis. If you believe you’ve suffered from a chemical burn wash your eyes immediately with clear water and also seek immediate medical attention.
Penetrating Foreign Objects
If your eye is penetrated or poked by a foreign object like a metal fragment or a splinter of wood, call our office immediately for urgent attention. If we are closed go to an emergency room at your nearest hospital as soon as you can.
Sudden Inflammation and Eye Bleeding
Numerous eye conditions can cause acute ocular inflammation, hemorrhaging or edema (swelling). Many of those conditions present on acute basis and require immediate attention.
All our optometrists are TPA certified and are experienced in diagnosing and managing acute ocular emergency cases. Call our Toronto office today if you need to see a doctor.