Eye injuries are as scarry as they are painful. This is for good reason. Eyes are both very fragile and vital for knowing the world around us, causing injury of the eyes to be fearful. This fear is justified as eye injuries may need to be taken care of immediately. We at Livermore Optometry Group in Livermore, CA, can provide emergency eye care San Francisco, CA, patients can benefit from.
Types of Eye Emergencies
There are many ways an eye can be injured enough to necessitate emergency care. Cuts and scratches to the eye can be painful and may need to be tended to immediately. An object stuck in the eye may need to be removed by a professional. There is a good reason why goggles should be worn when working with fire or chemicals, but accidents happen. Blood clots, glaucoma, and eye infections can be better treated if caught early. Injury to the cornea might also need to be seen to immediately.
First Aid for Eye Injuries
An eye injury, if severe enough, must be treated promptly. While most of the treatment must be done by an optometrist, there are things that can be done right away by anyone to make sure further damage is not done. Keep in mind that hands must be clean to perform first aid.
Chemicals can be flushed out with clean water or preferably a saline solution though medical attention may still be required depending on the chemical and how much went into the eye. Eye pain accompanied by blurred vision could be a sign of glaucoma. Blurred vision followed by a rapid and large increase in eye floaters may be a sign of retinal detachment. Depending on the eye problem, be sure to get someone to drive you to our office. Driving while have an eye injury may be dangerous.
If there is an object had punctured the eye, be sure to not touch the object as moving it may cause more damage and make it worse. If an object has not punctured the eye but it only resting on it, such as an eye lash or small debris, clean water may be used to wash it out.
Visit Us for Emergency Eye Care
An optometrist can help with eye injuries. If you need eye care San Francisco, CA, residents can benefit from, we at the Livermore Optometry Group in Livermore, CA, have the skill and expertise to provide eye services to help you see better. Call us at (925) 447-3883.