Eye Injuries in Children
Caring for an eye injury that one of your children has sustained can be a tricky proposition.
Eye injuries occur fairly often to children, especially those involved in sports. Most minor injuries can be treated with an ice pack and a little TLC. For more serious injuries, it’s important for the appropriate eye care specialist, primary care doctor or even the school nurse to examine the injury and recommend an appropriate course of action as soon as possible. Due to the sensitivity of the human eye, delaying medical attention could result in permanent damage and/or vision loss.
Equally important to this is the measure of care that is provided by the parent or guardian BEFORE the child can be seen by a medical professional. The following steps are recommended for temporary eye care just after an injury is sustained:
- DO NOT press or rub the injured eye
- DO NOT apply any kind of ointment, medication or eye drop remedy to the eye
- If the eye lid or surrounding area is bleeding, gently cover the eye with gauze or soft material that is sanitary
- Gently apply cold compresses to reduce swelling and help stop bleeding
- Do not attempt to remove a foreign body or any object that appears to be embedded in any part of the eye
- Only in the event of chemical exposure, flush with cool tap water immediately
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