Not So Well Known Conditions That Require Emergency Eye Care
If you are like most people, you think of eye emergencies as traumatic events like an automobile accident or a foreign object entering the eye. The truth of the matter is, there are a number of things that are considered ocular injuries. There are some instances where injuries requiring emergency eye care are not related to an acute injury. Here at Advantage Eyecare, our optometry team is doing its part to educate people about eye injuries, and when they need to see an eye doctor.
Statistics Regarding Emergency Eye Care
According to a statistical brief released by the Healthcare Cost And Utilization Project and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, more than 2.5 million eye injuries occur each year. Of that 2.5 million, 50,000 people will lose some if not all of their vision permanently. Ocular injuries are more common than most people realize, and 44.1 percent of them happen in the home. A large number, approximately 800,000 eye injuries occur in the workplace each year. Acute injuries to the eyes are largely preventable, as greater than 90 percent of them could be avoided if personal protective equipment (PPE) like goggles are used.
Eye Emergencies Not Necessarily Associated With Trauma
Again, not all eye emergencies are caused by some sort of direct trauma to the eye. Conditions like acute glaucoma constitute a real eye emergency. The condition occurs as a result of the pressure of the fluid on the inside of the eye increasing. The symptoms associated with the condition include redness of the eye, visual changes, pain in the eye, nausea, and vomiting.
Retinal vein or artery occlusion is another eye emergency the average person has no knowledge of. In these two conditions, the vessels responsible for circulating the blood to and from the retina are blocked. Neither condition causes pain, however, there is a marked loss of vision associated with both conditions.
Retinal attachments are the result of the retina pulling away from where it is normally positioned at the posterior of the eye. This condition causes eye floaters and the appearance of flashing lights. This condition can cause a loss of vision without treatment.
Your Vision Is Too Important To Risk
If your eyes are exposed to chemicals or environmental elements that are irritating and produce redness or drainage, you should see a North Richland Hills optometrist or an eye specialist in your area right away. Aerosol sprays and fumes from chemicals can also cause damage to the eyes. More common injuries to the eyes like foreign objects, scratches or puncture wounds to the eyes all require emergency eye care. Here at Advantage Eyecare, we encourage you to give our office a call at 817-788-2020 if you believe you have sustained any of these eye emergencies.