Eye Injuries

Thursday, March 01, 2012

Injuries to the eyes are always dangerous due to the sensitivity of the structures. In todays 60 Second Housecall, Dr. Edward Hill describes several different types of eye injuries.

Dr. Hill:

It is common for a speck of dirt to get blown into your eye, or for soap to wash into your eye. But other types of eye injuries are uncommon and can be painful.

Direct blows to the eye can damage the skin and other tissues around the eye, the eyeball or the bones of the eye socket.

Corneal burns occur if chemicals or chemical fumes get into the eye. These caustic substances must be flushed out of the eye quickly.

A foreign object in the eye can scratch the surface of the cornea or become stuck on the eye.

Small or sharp objects traveling at high speeds can cause serious injury to many parts of the eyeball. Injury may cause bleeding between the iris and cornea, a change in the size or shape of the pupil, or damage to the structures inside the eyeball.

Any injury to the eye should be examined by a doctor to determine the extent of injury and the treatment that is needed.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.