Reeve-Woods Eye Center Discusses Common Eye Injuries

If you are experiencing an eye injury, or if you are worried about having one in the future, knowing how to respond to common occurrences can make a difference in the amount of discomfort you experience. Make an appointment with our optometry team at Reeve-Woods Eye Center in Chico to obtain medical treatment or get tips regarding eye problems. Here is some information about common eye injuries, how to avoid them, and how to treat them.

Man rubbing his eyeCommon Eye Injuries

Eye injuries can occur for a number of reasons. Touching your eyes could lead to scratching of a cornea, a foreign body getting into the eye, or a bacterial problem. These injuries are often seen in people who wear contact lenses, though not exclusively. If you become hit in the eye or if your eye becomes cut or punctured, a trip to our facility is needed immediately.

How To React If You Have An Eye Injury

If you are suffering from an eye injury, it is best to see a professional as soon as possible. Many eye problems can get worse if proper treatment is not conducted. This could lead to deterioration of vision, worsening of symptoms caused by the injury, and even blindness.

If you are dealing with a cut or if something has become stuck in an eye, do not touch the affected area and do not remove the object as it could cause further damage to your vision. Instead, protect the eye by creating a shield to place over it until you can get to our office for an evaluation. A paper cup taped over the eye works well at keeping it protected.

Do not rub an eye if it has a foreign body inside of it. Instead, lift your upper lid gently and pull it down over your bottom lashes. Blink several times and allow tearing to help flush away the object if possible. If this does not work, call us to do an evaluation of the situation.

Precautions To Take To Avoid Eye Injuries

There are a few steps you can take to try to avoid an eye injury. Wearing protective lenses when working with items known to emit fine particles will keep them from getting into your eyes. Washing your hands thoroughly before handling contact lenses, and avoiding the touching of your eyes, also helps to keep particles from getting inside, thereby helping to avoid scratches and cuts.

Contact Our Reeve-Woods Eye Center Today!

Contact our optometry team at Reeve-Woods Eye Center in Chico to make an appointment to treat an eye injury immediately. Call our Chico office at (530) 899-2224.


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