Eye Emergencies : What to Do

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Eye injuries are something that deserves our utmost care and concern; even very minor – and seemingly insignificant – eye injuries could be the catalyst for loss of vision (or, in serious cases, even an eye) either shortly following the injury or later on in life. In fact, the most common eye injuries include retinal artery occlusion (CRAO) and retinal detachment. Basically, don’t risk it; most of us are lucky enough to be bestowed with just one pair of functioning eyes – we need to take care of them.

If you sustain an eye injury – of any sort – immediately contact your optometrist or ophthalmologist.

Perfect Vision offer priority appointments; head online to http://perfectvision.com.au/booking/ to book one. Otherwise, you can call 13 13 40 if you are unsure about your eye condition – the experienced team of specialists will be able to offer you advice.

Whilst it is essential that you seek medical advice immediately after suffering any eye emergency, there are actions you can take in order to better your chances of a successful recovery. A practitioner might advise you to remove any contact lenses prior to an appointment – so if you wear them it is important to mention that to your doctor. You might also be instructed to wash your eyes out with water before an appointment.

In general, different eye emergencies require different remedies. These should only be followed once directed so by a medical practitioner.

If your wound is caused by chemicals coming into contact with your eye/s, you should flush yours eyes with water for several minutes in order to dilute and wash out the chemical.

However, for cuts, punctures or foreign objects in the eye, you should not wash the eye, nor should you attempt to remove the alien object yourself. You should also avoid rubbing the eye or putting pressure of any sort onto it. The same goes with specks in the eye – do not try to remove it yourself; however, you can flush the eye out with water. If this fails to remove the speck, consult a doctor.

In the case of a blow to the eye that results in pain, an inability to open the eyelid, blurry vision or a change in the appearance of the affected eyeball, seek immediate medical assistance.

Eye safety is simply something that cannot be compromised. Emergency eye injuries such as central retinal artery occlusion, mechanical globe injuries, chemical injuries and retinal detachments – if not rapidly treated – can lead to permanent damage, or even loss of vision. Most doctors offer emergency after hours contact numbers – do not hesitate to contact them if in doubt; the old adage of being safe rather than sorry applies when it comes to your eyes; do not put your vision at risk!

For more information on eye emergencies or eye injuries, email info@perfectvision.com.au, or call 13 40 40 to speak to one of the eye care specialists at Perfect Vision. Take care of your eyes – voice your concerns and submit an enquiry to http://perfectvision.com.au/contact/ and receive expert advice today.