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Summer: Peak Season for Eye Injuries

Summer fun in the sun gone wrong, a home improvement project mishap, trying to change your oil – by yourself…the doctors at Centra Care have heard it all when it comes to complaints about eye injuries. From tree branches to finger pokes to scratchy sand as culprits, Centra Care has been seeing big numbers of eye injuries in the last few weeks.

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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. A scratch on your cornea can cause significant discomfort.

Symptoms of corneal abrasion don’t always happen immediately, so often the exact cause is unknown.

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 head to Centra Care.

Symptoms include:

  • Feeling like you have sand in your eye
  • Tearing and redness
  • Eye Pain
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Headache

Centra Care doctors may recommend antibiotic eye drops or ointment to prevent an infection. Minor scratches typically heal in one to three days.