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Common Eye Injuries Seen at our Optometrist in Columbia

Injuries to your eyes impact your ability to see clearly. In some cases, you will need immediate treatment to address the problem. By understanding the common injuries you may face, you can treat and address the underlying problems.

woman suffering from a common eye injury

What are Common Eye Injuries?

Common eye injuries range from mild to severe injuries. They can occur in a variety of situations, including playing a sport, getting into an accident or facing a problem at your work. The common injuries that may impact your vision include:

  • Cuts or abrasions on your eyes
  • A blow to your eye
  • Sand or debris in your eyes
  • Chemical burns from contact with a chemical
  • Bleeding in your eyes
  • Inflammation from a poke in your eye from a blunt object

The treatment for an injury depends on the specific type of injury. When you notice pain or were involved in an accident that injured your eyes, seek treatment from our eye doctor in Columbia. Do not wait for treatment, since some injuries may cause severe damage to your eyes.

What to Do After an Eye Injury

After an eye injury, you want to take measures to reduce your risks. The exact solutions depend on your injury; however, some steps apply to any eye injury. Do not rub your eyes and do not put pressure on your eyes. Never remove an object from your eyes if you are injured. Avoid any medications and never apply any ointment to your eyes.

Visit our optometry clinic for medical care. Always seek a doctor after an eye injury. The injury may worsen or cause more damage if you attempt to address the problem personally.

Ways to Reduce Your Risk of Injuries When You Wear Contacts

When you wear contact lenses, you have a higher risk of injuries to your eyes from poking your eye. Your contacts may also sustain damage from an accident or similar problem. By taking measures to reduce your risk of injuries, you can wear your contact lenses with confidence.

The first step is using light force when putting your contacts into your eyes. Do not poke at your eyes when you put in your contacts. Take it slow and use light pressure to avoid accidental injuries. 

When you get into an accident, discuss the risks to your eyes before you remove the contacts. In some cases, our doctor may need to remove the contact lenses to avoid further injuries to your eyes.

Seek Treatment at Dorothy Park & Associates

When you are injured and your eyes need treatment, our optometry clinic in Columbia offers the solution you need to keep your eyes healthy. To learn more about our treatments, call (803) 254-6306 today.