The two most common causes for an eye injury are sports and housework. No, you don’t necessarily have to wear sunglasses around the house when doing chores to protect your eyes; though you would be cooler if you did. But wearing protective eyewear in the yard is highly recommended. You may not notice symptoms right away when you get a scratch. It may take hours for symptoms to start.
Symptoms of an Eye Scratch
You could see a bit of blood, a line that is a noticeably scratched, or general redness on the white part of your eye known as sclera. The scratch may just be on the top layer called the conjunctiva.
Common symptoms include:
A scrape on the cornea, the part of the eye that covers the pupil, may cause a scar which can permanently affect your vision. These corneal abrasion symptoms may include:
How to Treat a Scratched Eye
See your ophthalmologist if you scratch your eye. If you are in a lot of pain, are having any trouble seeing or are worried about your eye, go to the emergency room. Your ophthalmologist may treat an eye scratch with antibiotic eye drops or ointment. You may be given prescription steroid eye drops to reduce inflammation and reduce the chance of scarring. You may also be given lubricating eye drops to make you more comfortable.
According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology here are some thing you should and should not do if you scratch your eye:
The most important thing to remember to do if you scratch your eye is to call your Ophthalmologists’ clinic. Something simple can easily lead to terrible outcomes that permanently affect your vision long term. The best way to prevent this is to wear eye protection when appropriate. Sunglasses are cool inside too. Call it fashion healthcare.
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