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Eye injuries range from mild to severe. Mild injuries usually recover quickly with no threat to vision, the most common being corneal abrasions. Scratches or abrasions may be very painful, cause a blurry, red-eye, but recover with 24-48 hours with frequent over the counter lubricants (tears and tear ointment) and cool compresses. Chemical injuries require immediate rinsing with the cleanest water possible to dilute and rinse out the chemical.
Vision loss: not to be confused with blurry vision, vision loss may be partial in one or both eyes or complete. Blurry vision may be the result of uncontrolled diabetes, an eye infection or simply dry eye. Vision loss may be more serious – a retinal detachment, stroke or macular degeneration. Vision loss requires immediate attention.
Eye Pain: may be mildly associated with dryness or conjunctivitis or severely associated with trauma, infection or chemical burn. Immediate flushing of the eye with clean water, application of ice packs (gentle pressure – do not push on the injured eye) may provide relief. Artificial tears (lubricants) are frequently recommended. The underlying cause of the pain must be determined to assure proper treatment.
Red Eye: may be a sign of infection, inflammation or a ruptured capillary on the surface of the eye (painless). Infection and inflammation are often associated with discomfort and or light sensitivity. A ruptured capillary causes profound redness which is painless. Capillaries may rupture for no apparent cause and are frequently seen in patients on blood thinners. It is important to be sure that blood pressure is not severely elevated.
After surgery: Use all drops as directed. Avoid immersing the eye in a swimming pool for five days. Wear a protective shield when sleeping the first 48 hours. Do not rub or press on the eye. Blurry vision should begin to subside within 72 hours, as pupil dilation wears off. Fluctuating vision the first few weeks may be normal and it may take three months to complete healing. Redness may be associated with the capillaries on the white of the eye and should subside after two weeks. In most routine surgeries, you may return to normal activities within forty-eight hours. Do not drive or operate heavy machinery the first 24 to 48 hours until all anesthetics have cleared your system. The vision may seem strange after the first eye is done as the vision may differ between the two eyes, affecting balance and depth perception. A light sandy feeling may be noticed the first day but quickly subsides.