Thousands of eye injuries occur every year in this country, and they don't just happen out on the sports field. At Urban Optics, our College Station optometry team, led by Dr. Matthew Greene and Dr. Carl Ross, have worked with hundreds of men, women, and children recovering from a range of eye injury most of which are preventable!
The most common types of eye injury we treat and prevent at our clinic include:
Blows to the eye (can lead to a black eye or in more severe cases orbital fracture or eyeball rupture
Corneal abrasions (scratches on the eye, often due to sand, dust, and other small debris)
Traumatic iritis (inflammation of the iris following some sort of poke or blow to the eye)
Foreign object penetration (e.g., small shards of metal or wood)
Subconjunctival hemorrhage (eye-bleeding that occurs when the blood vessels in the whites of your eyes break and leaks fluid)
All serious types of eye injury should require a trip to the emergency room (do NOT attempt to treat yourself, e.g., remove a penetrating foreign object). Call 911 immediately or arrange a ride to the ED as soon ASAP.
In all cases, do NOT touch nor rub your injured eye!
For minor eye injuries, feel free to give our team a call for more specific guidance. Certain injuries may benefit from flushing out the eye with cool water (such as chemical burns) or lightly covering with a gauze pad or cool compress, but specific steps will vary.
Wear contact lenses? Chances are, you won't be able to tolerate wearing your contacts as your eye heals—indeed, wearing contacts could even increase the risk of complications such as delayed healing and infections. In this case, you may need to wear eyeglasses until your eyes regain their full health. Our optometry team can fit you for an updated prescription!
Most types of eye injuries are preventable—at the very least, you can reduce your risk of injury by taking some simple precautions:
Always wear protective eyewear as indicated by your occupational, athletic, or household activity (this may include goggles and face masks or shields).
Realize that regular eyeglasses do not suffice for adequate protection!
Get regular eye exams to ensure no other underlying vision or eye problems are at play.
Contact our optometry team in College Station TX now at (979) 401-0800 to schedule an appointment with an eye doctor near you!