The Altons at Doom and Bloom Medical have an article up on Eye Injuries. Try to protect your eyes so that you don’t have to do any of this.
The human body is truly a miracle of engineering, from head to toe. Your skull is just one example. It’s shaped in such a fashion that your eyes are recessed in bony sockets, which helps to protect them from injury. Despite this, there are many different activities of daily living, not to mention daily survival, that can cause traumatic injury to your eyes.
Here are some:
- Accidents while using tools
- Splatter from bleach and household chemicals
- Debris flung while doing yard work
- Grease splatter from cooking
- Chopping wood
- Hot objects near your face, like a curling iron (do people still use curling irons?)
The list goes on and on; heck, you could damage your eye by popping a cork on a bottle of champagne (if you could find champagne off the grid).
The grand majority of eye injuries are avoidable with a little planning but, despite this, it’s likely that the group medic will have to deal with someone’s eye injury at one point or another.
Foreign objects in the eye cause immediate symptoms, especially if they injure the sensitive cornea. You will see the victim complain of:
- Eye pain or pressure
- Tearing up
- Light sensitivity
- Frequent blinking
- Redness (a “bloodshot” eye)
The patient will usually tell you that they feel something in their eye. The most common location will be under the upper eyelid…