Injuries to the eye can happen when you least expect them. Some may be serious and require immediate treatment to prevent further damage to the eye or potential vision loss. At Alpine Vision, serving Colorado Springs, Falcon, and Windsor, CO, our experts can diagnose and treat eye injuries. Our optometrists offer a variety of eye care services so that your eyes and vision can be at their best.
Scratching the surface of your eye can be quite painful. This can happen if you poke your eye or something gets stuck in your eyelid. It will feel like there is dirt or sand in your eye. You may feel sensitivity to light and have eye redness. If left untreated, a fungal or bacterial infection can set in.
Eye Bleeding (Subconjunctival Hemorrhages)
Sometimes, blood will leak from a damaged blood vessel into the sclera of the eye and the conjunctiva. This actually looks worse than it truly is. This type of injury is very common. It can happen from what seems like a minor accident. Usually, this does not require treatment, but if you have concerns, visit our optometrist.
Sometimes the eyes can be injured by a foreign object. Damage from objects such as metal shards or a fishing hook require an immediate visit to the emergency room. Do not attempt to remove the object, as further damage can be done. Try taping a paper cup over the eye to protect it until you can receive medical attention.
High impacts, such as being hit with a baseball, can cause the eyelids to swell. The best treatment in this situation is putting an icepack on the affected area immediately. Visit our optometrist to ensure that there is no additional damage.
If you are unexpectedly splashed with an acidic substance, immediate medical attention is required. While some chemicals are essentially harmless, it is important to address the situation. Other chemicals can create significant damage to the eye. For acids, many will cause burning, but can be washed out relatively easily. Alkali based chemicals present a more serious risk of damage, but they don’t produce immediate pain or redness. This may cause you to delay washing out your eyes. Examples of these types of chemicals include toilet cleaners and oven cleaners.
Preventing Chemical Burns
It’s easy to unknowingly transfer chemicals to your eyes simply by rubbing them after using the chemicals. If you believe that you have been splashed or transferred chemicals to your eyes, the best step is to hold your head under a stream of water for 15 minutes. Follow this with a visit to our optometrist for an eye exam.
Schedule an Appointment with Our Optometrist
If you are suffering from an eye injury, get treatment immediately. At Alpine Vision, our team can treat you. We serve residents of Colorado Springs, Falcon, and Windsor, CO. Our optometrists will help your eyes recover and protect your vision. Call us today to schedule an appointment.