Signs of an Eye Emergency 

Signs of an Eye Emergency 

Signs of an Eye Emergency 

Signs of an Eye Emergency 

Signs of an Eye Emergency 

The eyes are among the most critical organs in the body and the most influential of the five senses. While they are important, their vulnerability to damage, injury, and infection is just as high. They are also susceptible to foreign objects or injuries and can sustain lasting damage without treatment. An eye emergency is an injury that puts you at risk of losing your vision. 


What Are Some Common Signs of an Eye Emergency? 

There are several common eye emergencies, and they all cause unique damage. However, they usually cause some of the following symptoms:

  • Stinging or burning

  • Vision loss

  • Eyes moving independently of each other

  • Differently sized pupils

  • Eye pain

  • Bulging or sticking out eye

  • Double vision

  • Decreased vision

  • Sensitivity to light

  • Irritation and redness

  • Bleeding from the eye

  • Bruising around the eye

  • Discharge from the eye

  • Blood in the sclera

  • Severe or new headaches

  • Severe itching

If you experience any of these signs or symptoms or have swelling in the eye, you should contact an eye doctor immediately.


Some Common Eye Emergencies

Eye Injury

If you get poked by something sharp or hit in the eye, you may sustain a scratch or abrasion on the cornea. You may have tearing, pain, or a gritty feeling, like sand in the eye, a few hours after the incident. 

If you get such an injury, wash your eye with saline water and try to blink away the gritty feeling. If it does not and the symptoms persist, visit a doctor for treatment, especially if the scratch is more severe.

Caustic or Chemical Burns

When you have chemicals splash in your eye, like cleaning detergents, gardening chemicals, or industrial substances, you could be in danger of vision loss. There are two main types of chemical burns—acidic and alkaline chemical splashes. 

Acidic splashes usually feel worse but will wash away under plenty of water. Alkaline chemicals are more dangerous even though they do not irritate that much. It is because they do not wash away as fast underwater, allowing them to do more damage that can lead to vision loss.


Foreign Object in Your Eye

Small Objects

Small objects like grains of sand or eyelashes or dust can cause minor irritation and make your eyes very uncomfortable. While small, they can scratch your cornea if you rub the eye, leaving corneal abrasions. But if you blink and let your tears flow, they will naturally remove the object.

Large Objects

Larger objects in the eye can lead to more significant damage and usually require medical attention to remove. Large objects in the eye are categorized as a medical emergency—you should not attempt to remove the object on your own. You should avoid moving your eye while waiting for treatment to mitigate the damage.

Perforating Object

You can get a sharp object that perforates the eye surface and causes bleeding in the eye or discharge. These severe injuries usually require immediate attention and sometimes vision loss, even with immediate attention.


Preventing Eye Injuries

  • Use protective goggles

  • Follow safety instructions in the workplace

  • Be careful when working with flying debris

For more on the signs of an eye emergency, visit Eye Vantage at our office in Katy, Texas. Call (281) 771-1323 to book an appointment today.

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