Treating Eye Injuries

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What should I do in the event of an eye injury?

Treating Eye Injuries

Patients with eye injuries should be seen by an ophthalmologist as soon as possible to help to avoid permanent damage which may result from failure to properly treat the injury quickly and effectively. While seeking professional treatment is very important in the event of an eye injury, the following are a few useful tips for those who suffer from an eye injury and are not able to get to an ophthalmologist immediately:

  • Avoid rubbing the eyes because it could exacerbate the problem
  • Create a shield to protect the eye
  • Avoid applying ointments to the eye unless prescribed by an ophthalmologist
  • Cuts should be treated by bandaging the eye loosely and taking care not to try to remove debris from the eye

   

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