This is the third in our series on what to do if you have an eye emergency during business hours in Camas and Vancouver WA. Today we'll be asking the Doctor about scratches and trauma to your eyes.
Q: My child scratched their eye...what should I do?
A: A scratched eye should be evaluated by an eye doctor. The severity and amount of pain that the child is in will usually depend on the whether the cornea (the central clear covering on the eye) is impacted.
Q: Is a scratch on the eye dangerous?
A: Most abrasions heal quickly with appropriate care within a couple days. An abrasion to the cornea could become dangerous if an infection occurs.
Q: I got hit in the eye with a baseball, is that dangerous for my vision?
A: Yes. Blunt trauma can cause damage to both the front and back of the eye and should be evaluated by an eye doctor as soon as possible. Sometimes damage to the eye can impact the orbital bones surrounding the eye.
Q: Should I visit an eye doctor if I got a black eye?
A: Any trauma that causes pain, decrease in vision, or symptoms such as flashes or floaters should be evaluated by an eye doctor as soon as possible.
Q: I have pain in my eye after getting a black eye, should I visit the emergency room or an eye doctor?
A: Ideally an eye doctor should evaluate injuries of the eye instead of an emergency room physician. If your local eye doctor is not available, an emergency room will often refer eye injuries to an ophthalmologist.
During business hours, you can walk in to Dr. Lewis's practice inside the Camas Walmart and you will usually be seen in a matter of minutes.
If it's during business hours, why waste the day in the E.R. just to be referred back to your local area Eye Doctor?
To learn more about what to do during an Eye Emergency click here.