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There are many kinds of eye accidents that can occur, with varying degrees of severity. Some might require emergency action and immediate care by an eye care practitioner, while others can be taken care of at home. Read these guidelines for typical eye injuries, to plan out the next move in case of an accident. Keep in mind that general safety protections such as using safety goggles or glasses may be your best approach to avoiding eye injuries altogether.

One injury that should be treated seriously is a corneal abrasion (scratched eye). It can lead to serious harm very quickly and potentially end in vision loss. Scratches are normally caused by a poke in the eye, or scratching the eye when there is sand in it. Because a scratch can open your eye to fungal infection it's critical that you visit your eye doctor or an emergency room. The best care for a scratched eye is to keep it loosely closed and to visit your eye care practitioner right away to check it out. Rubbing the eye will only make it worse and completely covering the eye can give bacteria a place to grow.

Being prepared for how to proceed if you have been splashed in the eye by a chemical is essential. First, you need to rinse out your eye by placing your face beneath a strong stream of lukewarm water for about a quarter of an hour. Next call your eye doctor or an urgent care office to hear what they recommend for such injuries. Be sure to inform the practitioner precisely what substance entered your eye and what you're doing. If your eye is extremely red or blurry, go immediately to your eye care practitioner or an emergency room after washing it with water. Chemical encounters with the eye can cause a variety of degrees of damage, from minor discomfort to serious harm and even blindness.

While it is sometimes unpleasant to think about an injury to the eye, it's advisable to be prepared with how to respond in such emergencies. By following this guide you can be assured that you'll be ready to deal with most common eye problems. Of course, extra safety precautions can help prevent this type of injuries altogether so speak to your optometrist about preventative eye care options!