Eye injuries consist of scratches, bruises, and punctures. They can be caused by exposure to chemicals, accidents, or foreign objects in the eye. Contact our team at Family Vision immediately if you have suffered an eye injury. Eye injuries left untreated can lead to vision loss and other health complications. That's why our Anderson, Clemson, and Williamston offices offer emergency eye care for when you need it most.
Common Eye Injuries
Eye injuries can either be mild or severe. Common eye injuries we often treat at our offices include:
- Black eye- This is caused by a blow to the eye or the surrounding tissue. The area surrounding the eye is swollen, inflamed, and bruised.
- Bleeding within the eye- Eye bleeding can be caused by immense eye strain, often caused by eye trauma or excessive coughing.
- Irritation and burns- Fumes, chemicals, and other irritants can cause damage or even burn the eye, resulting in vision loss.
- Corneal abrasion- Fingernails, contact lenses, and foreign objects can cause scratches on the cornea resulting in pain, excessive tearing, and sensitivity to light.
- Injury from foreign objects- Eye pain and vision problems can occur when something hits or becomes lodged in the eye. This can be dirt or debris that causes minor discomfort but can lead to serious eye problems if left untreated.
Symptoms of Eye Injuries
We often see patients suffering from eye injuries due to accidents, workplace hazards, sporting activities, or eye strain. Symptoms of an eye injury occur based on the type of injury. These symptoms may develop either over time or immediately. Common symptoms include:
- Swelling and pain
- Redness and bruising
- Issues with the movement of the eye
- Changes in the appearance of the eye
Diagnosis and Treatment
Our optometrists provide thorough eye exams for a proper assessment of the source and severity of the eye injury. We will check your eye for tenderness, bruising, swelling, and redness. Our eye doctors will also evaluate how well your pupil contracts and the way your eyes move in tandem. We will check for any abnormalities in your eyeball and the muscles and bones surrounding the eye.
Our team will check for any foreign objects in or around the eye and test your vision. We may require further imagining tests like ultrasound, x-rays, or MRI or CT scans, depending on the type of eye injury you are experiencing. Common treatment methods we use for managing eye injuries include:
- Cold compresses such as icepacks to help with relieving pain and swelling
- Flushing the eye for chemicals and other irritants
- Eye drops may be prescribed to help with the healing process
- An eye patch may be provided to keep your eye covered to allow it to heal
Contact Us for Quality Eye Care from Our Optometrists in Anderson, Williamston, or Clemson
Regardless of what caused your eye injury, our team at Family Vision is here to provide professional emergency eye care. Our team is committed to ensuring our patients maintain their eye and vision health throughout their lives. If you need emergency eye care or a standard eye exam, our optometrists at our Anderson, Williamston, and Clemson locations are here to help. Contact us today to learn more about our various eye care services and how they can benefit you and your family.