Helping us see, coordinate, and make sense of the world around us, our eyes are extremely complex—but just as they are complex, they’re also extremely delicate. From the retina and cornea to the lenses and pupil, there are many working parts that make up the eye, and each is vital to its function. If one part were to become damaged, it could affect the entire eye, causing blurriness, distortion, or even worse, vision loss.
Accidents can happen anytime, anywhere—and the eyes are not excluded. The most common types of eye injuries include:
- Corneal Laceration: a cut or scratch on the surface of the eye.
- Corneal Ulcer: caused by rubbing, debris, or chemical exposure.
- Puncture Wound: a foreign object entering near or in the eye.
- Eyelid Trauma: lacerations to the eyelid.
- Proptosis: bulging or protruding eyeballs, causing the eyes to move out of sockets.
Eye injuries, no matter the severity, can affect your vision, and require special care in order to quickly identify the injury and effectively treat it. If you acquire an eye injury, it’s important that you seek medical attention immediately. Local emergency authorities should be called right away. Southwest Eyecare may be able to help treat some injuries and assist in the recovery process.