The Most Common Eye Injuries
February 14, 2020
February 14, 2020
Your vision provides an immensely critical resource that enhances numerous aspects of your life. You are already aware of the extreme importance that surrounds the gift of eyesight. Any interruption in your eyes’ ability to operate properly – regardless of how temporary – can be extremely impactful. As we progress through the aging process, there are multiple conditions that can eventually impact your eyes.
However, there is also the potential for you to experience an eye injury regardless of your age. This unwanted situation can emerge for various reasons while you are in the safety of your own residence. For some people, an issue with their eye can develop while they are performing tasks in the workplace. These injuries can also occur while you are participating in sports activities.
Your Eye Anatomy
It will be beneficial to review basic anatomy concerning your eye. It resides within a bony socket that is referred to as the orbit. You also have six muscles that are contained inside the orbit, and these muscles control the upward and downward movements, along with the rotations of your eyes.
The anatomy of your eye also involves the iris, which provides the color for your eye. You also have a pupil, which is the black opening that permits light to enter your eye, while the sclera is the white portion of your eye. Your cornea is the clear area that covers the iris, while the conjunctiva provides cover for the portion of your eye that is not shielded by the cornea.
The conjunctiva is located at the back of your eyelid which provides a protective resource for your eye. However, situations can emerge suddenly that can result in injury to your eye even though it is built with sources of protection.
Injuries At The Workplace
According to the U.S Centers For Disease Control And Prevention (CDC) around 2,000 American workers each day will experience a job-related eye injury that will result in medical attention. Most of these issues involve objects that are contained inside the eye. If the substance punctures the eye, then the injury becomes serious.
The CDC has also stated that construction workers have one of the highest rates for eye injuries due to contact with elements such as metal, wood, dust, cement, and drywall. Carpenters and welders are among the workers that can be susceptible to accidents as the result of their exposure to these substances.
In some cases, items can make an impact with the eye as the result of tools that are used in the workplace, while sometimes these elements can make contact while workers are walking through an area. There are other times in which the substance may fall from above the area in where the worker is stationed.
Burns from cleaning products or chemicals that are used in various jobs can also create eye issues. In other situations, heated metals, liquids or actual flames can cause thermal burns.
Workers can reduce the risk of incurring an eye injury if they safeguard their eyes with protective eyewear. Safety glasses, face shields, and goggles are particularly effective in sheltering the eyes from injuries.
Injuries At Home
The risk of injury due to chemicals is not completely restricted to the workplace. Accidents can also occur at home if you are working with household cleaning products. Accidents involving these products are responsible for around 125,000 eye injuries on an annual basis.
Any work with tools in your residence can also present some of the same hazards that were just discussed with construction workers. This is especially true if you are involved in hammering, or drilling into hard surfaces. This can also cause flying objects to make contact with your eye. Splattering grease while you are cooking is an additional risk that can result in an eye injury while you are in your kitchen.
In addition to house cleaning, home repairs, and cooking, yard work can also trigger events that lead to eye injuries. This includes situations in which lawnmowers, weed eaters, pesticides, and fertilizers are being used.
The use of safety goggles or other protective eyewear can reduce the risk of having an issue develop. This also applies to friends or family members that might be standing nearby when you are using any of the tools or products that were mentioned.
Injuries While Playing Sports
Participation in sports is also responsible for a sizable percentage of eye injuries. It has been stated that around 30,000 visits to emergency facilities each year occur as the result of involvement in sports and recreational activities.
It is noteworthy that several sports in which there is a high amount of contact – football, and rugby – are not necessarily the sports in which the most eye injuries transpire.
Basketball is the sport in which the most eye injuries occur, while anyone who participates in baseball, soccer, and hockey is more susceptible to an issue. Children and adolescents between the ages of 5-14 are most likely to experience an eye injury if they are participating in baseball, while basketball is the sport in which the majority of eye injuries take place for participants aged 15 -24.
If you encounter a sudden impact to your eye it can result in an injury that is referred to as blunt trauma. Sometimes an object can penetrate your eye while you were performing in a sports activity while there are other occasions where the cornea can be scratched. There are also situations in which chemicals from paint or powder that is located on the fields of play can also enter your eye.
When To Visit A Doctor
If you have an object in your eye then you should seek immediate medical attention. This is also the case if a chemical has entered your eye. You should attempt to wash any substances from your eye through the use of clean water, although you should avoid using any other substances such as ointments. You should also avoid touching your eye, and allow a doctor to treat your situation.
You should contact your physician if you are contending with a torn eyelid, swelling, double vision, or severe pain in your eye. You should also contact your doctor if you are experiencing intense pain, a headache, or if there is a change in your vision. This is also the case for any sensitivity to light, any change in your eye movement, or any modification in the shape of your pupil.
At Rapid Med, We Can Help
If you have any questions or concerns about an incident with your eye, or are experiencing any of the symptoms that were mentioned, do not hesitate to contact us at Rapid Med Urgent Care Center. Not only do we offer immediate medical attention for conditions that are not critical or life-threatening, but we also provide both primary and preventive care.
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