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Approximately 500,000 serious eye injuries occur each year, with roughly 25,000 leading to total blindness. Eye trauma in, on, or around the eye can occur from traumatic events such as a car accident, fight, or sports injury. So, what happens when trauma occurs to the eye? Can minimal damage become serious? Here at the Advanced Eyelid Surgery Center, Dr. Davis will assess any damage to the eye, minimal or not, to ensure the patient has received complete care in the area.
Eye Injuries Can Be Prevented
By wearing protective eye gear daily, you can prevent many different types of trauma to the eye. Without even knowing it, the daily tasks that we do can be dangerous to our eye health. For example, wearing glasses while doing yard work can stop any yard chemicals from getting into someone's eyes.
Eye Injuries in Elderly Falls
After tracking eye trauma in thousands of patients aged 0-80, the American Academy of Ophthalmology, AAO, found that eye injuries were high in elderly falls. In people over 60, the top reason for eye injuries was from falling down the stairs. Elderly care may be needed depending on an individual's health to prevent these injuries.
Playing Sports Has High Trauma Risk
According to the AAO, on average, 40% of traumatic eye injuries happen when an individual is playing sports. A few of the sports that hold the highest risk of these injuries are basketball and baseball. Other sports that may have a higher rate of eye injury are those with racquets involved in the game. Eyewear can be worn during high-risk sports games to aid in avoiding any injuries to the eyes.
Don't Treat Injuries Yourself
If any trauma occurs to the eye, the hurt individual needs to contact their optometrist. Even if the issue seems minor, it is still essential for a doctor to check it out to not lead to a more severe issue in the future. Failure to get an eye injury may result in complete vision loss.
Contact Dr. Mayli Davis
Have you ever had a traumatic injury to your eye? Here at the Advanced Eyelid Surgery Center, Dr. Mayli Davis can pay immediate attention to the injury and examine it for possible reconstructive surgery depending on the injury's severity. She can also work with patients to inform them of how they can prevent an eye injury. To contact us for an appointment, please call us at (817) 778-4444.