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Common Causes of Eye Injuries and How They Are Treated

There are numerous causes of eye injuries that can have a negative impact on your vision. Thankfully, the team at Chicago Cornea Consultants™ is well-equipped to address these problems as they arise. Offering comprehensive and state-of-the-art eye care services, we at Chicago Cornea Consultants™ are committed to ensuring that each patient has his or her needs fully addressed.

We’d like to look at some of the most common causes of eye injuries and then briefly discuss treatment options and tips for prevention.

Sports Accidents

Numerous sports can result in injury to the eyes if there are balls or physical contact involved, whether it’s baseball and soccer or combat sports such as boxing and the martial arts.

Long-Term Exposure to UV Radiation

The rays of the sun can caused gradual damage to your eyes over time. Just as too much sun can lead to skin cancer, it can also contribute to cataract formation and other problems.

Children’s Toys

While most toys are safe and designed to be age appropriate, some children’s toys that have projectiles or sharp pieces can become a source of accidental eye injury. Parents should be especially cautious of BB guns and paintball guns.

Household Chemicals and Cleaners

Basic cleaning supplies can be a source of eye injury if people aren’t careful where nozzles are pointed. Being too close to the chemical when in use can also result in spray getting in the eyes.

Debris from the Yard

When doing yardwork, people need to be wary of any flying debris or particles. This is particularly worth noting when using motorized trimming and cutting equipment.

Woodwork and Steelwork

When using drills, saws, or other kinds of power tools, there is a chance that particles of wood or steel can fly up and become lodged in a person’s eyes.

The Corners of Furniture

Sharp edges on end tables, counter tops, couches, and other furniture can be especially harmful if people trip and fall. This is a major concern with toddlers who are just learning how to walk.

Treating Eye Injuries

Treatment of eye injuries will vary depending on the nature of the injury itself. It is important that people avoid touching or rubbing their eyes following an injury.

If there is a small object or particle that is lodged in the eye that isn;t flushed out by natural tearing, it should only be removed by a medical professional.

If a chemical or solvent gets in the eye, the injury victim should flush out their eyes with a steady stream of tap water for 10 to 15 minutes before seeking professional medical attention.

Preventing Eye Injuries

Here are a few common sense tips on preventing eye injuries:

  • Wear sunglasses and/or a hat with a brim while outdoors
  • Wear protective eye wear when engaging in applicable activities
  • Wear appropriate safety gear when playing sports
  • Be cautious when using household cleaners with nozzles
  • Always work in well-ventilated areas
  • Place cushions on sharp edges of furniture when possible
  • Monitor the toys your children play with
  • Watch your children while they are playing

Discuss Your Options for Eye Care with Our Team

To learn more about what treatment options are available to you following a serious eye injury, it’s important that you contact our eye care specialists today. We look forward to meeting you in person and ensuring that your eyesight is its best and your eyes are healthy.

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