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How Can I Treat an Eye Injury at Home?

We all want to keep our vision has healthy as possible. One potential issue that can impact eye health and vision? Injuries.

That's why our team at AFC Urgent Care Airmont wants to offer you tips on how you can prevent eye injuries this summer.

What Are the Signs of an Eye Injury?

Believe it or not, it is not always easy to identify that an eye injury has occurred, especially in a young child. Therefore, it is important to know what to look for so that you can seek medical treatment as soon as possible!

Common signs of an eye injury include trouble opening the eye, having difficulty seeing in one or both eyes, not able to move the affected eye or the unaffected eye, blood in the white part of the eye, an unusual pupil size in one or both eyes, or a cut or torn eyelid.

How to Treat Eye Injuries

  • Avoid touching or rubbing your eye.
  • Do not apply pressure to your eye.
  • Try not to remove anything from your eye that looks to be stuck.
  • Avoid using ointment or medication before seeing a physician.
  • Use a patch over the eye until receiving medical attention.

What Are Some Common Sports Eye Injuries?

Did you know that more than 40,000 eye injuries occur each year during a sports game or practice? But many of those injuries would be prevented if the proper precautions were taken.

It's important to make sure your child is wearing sports-specific equipment when participating in sports. This should include specialized gear designed to protect the eyes from impacts and other injuries.

How to Prevent Sports Eye Injuries

  • Wear proper safety goggles.
  • Use batting helmets with face shields.
  • Check your eyegear regularly to ensure nothing is damaged.
  • Avoid wearing regular glasses and sunglasses when playing sports, as they do not offer enough protection.
Did you suffer an eye injury at home that requires medical care? Visit the AFC Urgent Care Airmont team today to have it checked out.