The sun is shining, the radio blasting, windows down, roof open, it’s a perfect drive…UNTIL… something flies in your eye! Is it sand? A bug? Something off a tree? All you know is that it hurts, but now what?
The doctors at Centra Care know just what to do. This past week, eye injuries have increased over 50% and Dr. Tim Hendrix, Centra Care’s Medical Director, is giving the credit to Central Florida’s warm winter weather. It seems the sunshine is bringing people outdoors, leading to more eye injuries caused by – NATURE.
Debris in the eyes, if rubbed or left untreated can lead to corneal abrasion – a scratch on the protective covering over the iris and pupil of your eye, which can cause significant discomfort.
If you get a particle or foreign material in your eye:
- DO NOT rub the eye.
- Lift the upper eyelid over the lashes of your lower lid.
- Blink several times and allow tears to flush out the particle.
- If the particle remains, keep your eye closed and seek medical attention.
Symptoms of corneal abrasion may include:
- Feeling like you have sand in your eye
- Tearing and redness
- Eye Pain
- Sensitivity to light
Symptoms of corneal abrasion don’t always happen immediately, so often the exact cause is unknown. Antibiotic eye drops or ointment may be recommended to prevent an infection. Minor scratches typically heal in one to three days.