Corneal Abrasion or Cut in the Eye - What Should you do?
Whenever there is an eye emergency there is a tendency to rush to the emergency room. While the eye can be very painful and you feel there is a need to get immediate help, it is usually best to see an eye doctor such as Dr. Yip as he can properly diagnose and treat the eye injury. While you are awaiting care, it is best to not wash out the eye with tap water. Rather, use saline solution to clean the eye.
No matter how big or small, corneal abrasions from items such as tree branches, paper, and common household items can cause damage to the surface of the eye. Even items such as dust or sand can cause a cut in the eye and rubbing them, while tempting, can exasperate the injury.
We are always willing to help, should you ever experience an eye emergency. Our East Orlando optometry practice provides emergency services for eye infections, eye injuries, and other eye urgencies. State of the art equipment allows us to examine the front surface of the eye and also digitally scan inside the eye for infection or damage. We accommodate many eye emergencies such as:
- Eye infections
- Foreign materials stuck in the eyes
- Eye trauma
- Scratched eyes
- Sudden loss of vision in one or both eyes
- Lost or broken contact lenses or eyeglasses
- Flashes of light in the vision
- “Floaters” in the vision
- Red or painful eyes
- Dislodged contact lenses
- Uncomfortable, itchy, or irritated eyes
Studies have shown that an overwhelming number of emergency room visits could have been treated by an optometrist. These ranged from foreign bodies to severe eye allergies to eye infections as the most common reasons for emergency room visits. It is not always necessary to go to an emergency room for eye emergencies. Optometrists are equipped to treat the majority of eye emergencies.
We understand the importance of eye care when you encounter symptoms such as those listed above. These are signs that an immediate evaluation or consultation is necessary - please call our East Orlando eye doctor to set one up if you are experiencing an eye emergency of any kind.