Our organs of sight are possibly both the most vulnerable and most precious parts of our bodies. Luckily, our instinct is always to protect our head and eyes above all in the event of a blow or trauma of any kind.
This minimises the danger, but unfortunately it cannot be removed completely, and eye injuries do often occur. This article explains the most common ones, and how they can be treated.
Treatment of common eye injuries
According to the NHS, the most common injuries to eyes are corneal abrasion, traumatic uveitis, cuts, and ocular chemical burn. Corneal abrasion can occur when something, perhaps a small piece of metal, wood, or a broken shard of contact lens, becomes stuck in the eye, causing tiny tears to occur on its surface.
The eye will often expel the foreign body through its own mechanism without the need for treatment, but if the object is more difficult to shift, a visit to A&E might be necessary. Traumatic uveitis occurs when a blow is delivered to the eye. This causes the eye to swell, but again treatment is not usually necessary unless the blow was particularly severe.
Cuts and ocular chemical burn are more serious injuries. Don’t attempt to do anything to your eye if you see that it is bleeding. Proceed straight to A&E. The same is true if you see that you have something stuck in your eye; never attempt to remove it yourself. If your eyes are irritated through the use of chemicals, wash them out using an eye-bath and saline solution (or tap water if no saline is available) for 20 minutes. If the irritation remains, go straight to A&E.
Protecting the eyes
When using harmful chemicals, always make sure the area is well ventilated and that any spray-nozzles are pointed away from your eyes. It’s also important to wear protective eye-wear when conducting any tasks that could potentially damage the eyes, when cutting wood or metal for example, when there is a high risk of small fragments entering the eye.
Your employer should always provide adequate protection for your eyes in the workplace. If you have received an eye injury that wasn’t your fault, you may be entitled to personal injury compensation.
Call Accident Advice Helpline to discuss your case with a trained adviser who will be able to tell you whether or not your claim is likely to be successful, and explain the claims process in detail.
Date Published: November 17, 2013
Author: David Brown