Anchorage Eye Injury and Infections
Even the tiniest eye injury can lead to serious problems with your eyes in the future if it’s not treated correctly. Here at Conley Marcum, OD, we recommend that you visit us for an eye exam any time you have sustained any type of eye injury.
Common Injuries to the Eye
While you rarely have control over when your injuries happen, you do have control over how they are treated. We encourage you to see an optometrist near Anchorage after an injury, as any of the following can seriously compromise your sight.
- Chemical Burns – Anytime a chemical is splashed or sprayed in your eye, your first step should be to wash the eye out with water for at least 15 minutes. Schedule an appointment with your eye doctor in order to receive instructions about how to care for the injury. If you notice that your vision is blurry or red, see an eye care professional immediately.
- Bruising and Swelling – Anything hitting your eye at high speeds can leave bruising and swelling that may cause internal injury to the eye. These injuries are typical during sports activities, and you should see an eye doctor immediately.
- Corneal Abrasion – If your eye is scratched or poked and is causing discomfort, you may have a corneal abrasion. Watch for redness, pain and sensitivity to light. While your corneas will heal quickly, you may develop infections during the process which can quickly damage your eyesight.
- Eye infections (commonly called “pink eye”) – Eye infections can be sight threatening. If you experience mucous discharge, blurred vision, pain, excessive tearing, increased light sensitivity, or worsening red eyes you may have an infection that needs medical attention. Most ocular irritations will resolve quickly within a day, so if you have persistent blurred vision and any of the above symptoms seek medical care promptly.
- Detached Retina – A detached retina can have a damaging lasting effect on your vision if not treated immediately. Watch for flashes of light, spots, floaters or blurred visions to determine if you have this condition.
When the people of Anchorage need an optometrist they can trust, they come to Conley Marcum, OD first for quality emergency eye care.
Give Us a Call
Call us today at (907) 336-4400 to schedule an appointment and to learn more about how to properly care for your eyes.