There are many different forms of trauma, varying in severity from minor injury to medical emergencies.
What Causes Eye Trauma?
Eye trauma may be caused by a blunt force or a a penetrating injury. A penetrating injury is more severe but less common.
When the eye is hit with blunt force, it suddenly compresses and retracts. This can cause blood to collect underneath the affected area, which leads to many of the common symptoms of eye trauma.
Symptoms of Eye Trauma
Symptoms of eye trauma may include:
Treatments for Eye Trauma
In minor cases of trauma, such as a black eye from a sports injury, applying cold to the affected area can help bring swelling down, and allow the affected area to heal faster. However, even in cases where trauma seems minor, every eye injury should be given medical attention.
The best way to avoid eye trauma is to prevent it by using protective eyewear while doing things that may put them at risk. Activities include home repair, yard work, cleaning, cooking, and playing sports. In most cases of injury, people report not properly protecting their eyes – which shows that proper precautions may prevent an eye injury.