Injury: Eye Injury

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This week on Health Watch, we’ve been talking about treating and recovering from major and minor injuries. While even serious injuries like amputations can be treated so that patients return to full function, damage to the eye can be permanent. That makes prevention even more important.

Accidental eye injuries are a major cause of blindness and visual impairment, but these injuries are very easy to prevent. Dr. Preston Blomquist, an ophthalmologist at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says most eye injuries could be prevented by wearing protective goggles when using chemicals, tools or lawn equipment. In addition to wearing goggles, you should read directions before handling chemicals and wash your hands after using them. If you get chemicals in your eye, flush them out with water. Before using lawn equipment, check the area for debris that might be turned into projectiles. Seek medical help for any eye injury, including chemical burns, cuts or objects in the eyes.

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September 2011

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