Our eyes are one of the most important parts of our body, and yet can be damaged fairly easily. Injuries can occur from objects or chemicals that come into contact with your eyes, or other bacteria and substances that make their way into your eyes from rubbing or touching them yourself.
Our eyes can be infected in the same way our mouth can, so remember to never touch or rub your eyes with dirty hands. And always visit your doctor immediately if you think there might be something wrong with your eye, as without proper treatment, you might be left with partial vision loss or even permanent blindness.
Symptoms of Eye Injury
There are many differents ways to injure your eyes and therefore there is a range of symptoms. If you experience any of these symptoms make sure to visit your doctor:
Redness and irritation
Burning or stinging
Bleeding/bruising from the eye
One eye is sticking out or bulging
Decreased/loss of vision
If you have major pain, bleeding, or sudden loss of vision in your eyes visit an emergency room immediately.
What Not to Do in Case of Eye Emergency
Attempting to fix or self treat an eye injury can lead to even more problems. Make sure not to:
Rub or further irritate the injured eye
Attempt to remove any objects that are stuck
Touch your eyes with tweezers or any other tools
Put medications, ointments, or any other liquid other than water on your eye
Always flush your eye with clean cold water. If you wear contact lenses, it’s better to leave them in in most cases, unless they can’t be flushed out with water
Trying to take them out if they are damaged can hurt your eyes even more. The best thing you can do in these situations is get to your doctor as fast as possible.
Preventing Eye Injury
Eye injuries can happen anywhere, at any time. Work or home environments, athletic or casual recreational events, even relaxing on vacation.
They can happen when you’re being aware and cautious and also when you least expect them. There are some things you can do to prevent injuries, including:
Wearing protective eye wear whenever working with power tools or other dangerous tools
Follow the directions for whatever cleaning substance or chemical you’re using carefully
Keep sharp objects organized and safe, and make sure everyone knows how to properly use and store them
Use caution when cooking with grease and oil
Keep hair styling tools that heat up such as straight and curling irons away from your eyes and use with extreme caution
Be careful when shooting fireworks and follow instructions exactly