The structure of your face — and the eyes themselves — help protect your eyes from injury. It’s usually difficult to injure the eyeball itself. Often, injury occurs to structures around the eyeball, including the bone, skin, and eyelids. However, when the eyeball itself is damaged, the injuries can be serious. Eye injuries generally require medical attention. Seek medical care if you’re in doubt about the severity of the injury. Eye injury is a preventable cause of blindness.
Use the Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican online waiting service, InQuicker, to select your estimated arrival time at the emergency room for eye injury in Las Vegas and Henderson, NV.
How Do Eye Injuries Happen?
Causes of eye injury include:
- Puncturing or sharp trauma
- Blunt trauma
- High-energy particle injuries
- Chemical splashes
- Thermal burns
Eye Injury Symptoms
Symptoms of a serious eye injury don’t always appear right away. A simple eye injury can mask a more serious problem inside the eye. It’s a good idea to see a doctor even if you think the injury is minor. Seek medical care for the following symptoms:
- Trouble seeing or vision changes
- Eyes that do not move together as they should
- Blood in the clear part of the eye
- One eye sticking out farther than the other
- Foreign object under the eyelid or in the eye that won’t flush out
- Watering, redness, or pain
- Marked swelling of the areas around the eye or eyelids
- Unusual shape or size of the pupil
- Cut or torn eyelid
Eye Injury Treatment & Prevention at Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican
Ideally, you should see an ophthalmologist for an expert evaluation and any necessary treatment. In the meantime:
- Do not apply pressure to the eye. Apply a cold compress, but not pressure, for a blow to the eye.
- Do not rub or touch the eye.
- Do not apply medication, including ointment, to the eye.
- Do not try to remove an embedded object.
- Flush the eye for small debris in the eye or chemical exposures. Do not flush the eye if the eyeball is punctured or cut. Instead, place something over the eye to shield it.
To prevent eye injuries, always wearing protective eyewear during risky activities such as:
- Yard work
- Construction and industrial occupations
Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican offers emergency services, including care for eye injury, in Las Vegas and Henderson, NV.