Kids’ Eye Emergencies & What you Need to Know
What are typical pediatric eye emergencies?
Eyes and their surrounding skin are some of the most delicate organs in the body. Many classic sports moves put children’s eyes in the line of danger, such as whizzing balls, shooting darts, and swinging bats or rackets.
Even peaceful recreation, such as lying by the poolside or on the beach, can lead to eye irritation from sand or burns from overexposure to strong sunrays. Diving into the waves or slipping and sliding at a waterpark are a fantastic and fun way to cool off. However, wet and wild action can also lead to eye infection from chemicals, or eye injury from crashing into a stray elbow poking out.
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Our optometrist commonly treats these eye emergencies in kids:
- Cuts or scratches on the eye or eyelid
- Eye infection, such as pink eye
- Blunt injury to the eye or eyelid
- Exposure to chemicals
- Objects stuck in the eye
How do I know if my kid has an eye emergency?
Every parent has faced the confusing question how bad is it? Kids come home with scrapes and bruises all the time, especially in the summer. You don’t want to overreact with a mad dash to the emergency room, yet you also don’t want to ignore a potentially serious medical problem. Without attention from a qualified eye doctor, some types of eye injury and eye infection can lead to vision loss and future complications.
Symptoms to watch out for include:
- Redness (bloodshot eyes)
- Bleeding, or other unusual discharge from the eye
- Itchy eyes
- Eye pain
- Stinging or burning
- Pupils of unequal size
- Double vision, reduced vision, or loss of vision
- Sensation of something stuck in the eye
- Sensitivity to light
Even if you are unaware of any trauma or injury that occurred, the above symptoms are all red flags to be taken seriously! Call our eye doctor for urgent assistance.
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