Eye Injury Treatment and Prevention in Chino Hills and San Dimas, CA
At Hofacre Optometric Corporation of Chino Hills and San Dimas, CA, we take our job of educating our patients about eye safety in everyday life very seriously. After all, there are few things as important as your health, and vision is a big part of that picture.
Common Types of Eye Injury Our Optometry Team Sees in Chino Hills and San Dimas
Whether mild, moderate, or severe, an eye injury can be quite painful and bothersome. Even when taking appropriate steps to protect your eyes, like wearing safety goggles, keeping your prescriptions updated, and so on, accidents can and do happen.
Here are some common ones to be aware of at work, in sport, or at home:
- Black eye
- Corneal ulcer (scratches caused by debris or getting poked or jabbed in the eye)
- Photokeratitis (eye sunburn)
- Chemical burn or splash
- Eye socket fracture
- Globe rupture
- Penetrating foreign object (e.g., fishhook, sharp debris)
What to Do if You Sustain an Eye Injury
Minor eye injuries, such as a black eye or small corneal scratch, usually heal up on their own without complications, but it's never a bad idea to check with an eye doctor if you have concerns, especially if your vision is affected or if you notice signs of infection or other issues.
More serious eye injuries often require immediate medical attention. Call 911 or get to a hospital ASAP if you or someone you know sustains a foreign body penetration or some other severe eye injury. Consider placing a clean compress over the eye to protect it during transport, but don't touch or rub the eye itself. This could cause more damage and bleeding.
If you get a chemical or substance in the eye, especially at work, follow the routine safety protocol if available or call 911 for more specific guidance. Flushing out your eye with water is indicated in some, but not all, cases!
Our optometry team in Chino Hills and San Dimas are able to treat and manage many types of eye injuries. We provide valuable follow-up services to maximize your healing and minimize the risk of complications. Whether you need oral or eye-drop medication, an updated eyeglass prescription (if you're temporarily unable to wear contacts), or other tips for managing your eye health, we're here to help!