Philadelphia Eye Injury Lawyer
There are few injuries that are more painful than eye injuries. Not only can eye injuries cause burning, swelling, discomfort and inconvenience, but they can also result in permanent eye damage and complete or partial vision loss. The most common eye injuries are:
If a person gets poked in the eye or rubs the eye when a foreign body such as sand or dust is present, the eye's surface may develop corneal abrasions. Corneal abrasions are very uncomfortable and can cause severe sensitivity to light. Scratches also can make your eye susceptible to infection from bacteria or a fungus. Certain types of bacteria and fungi can enter the eye through a scratch and cause serious harm in as little as 24 hours. Even blindness can result. In a construction site setting, corneal abrasions are very common, especially when construction workers do not wear safety goggles. If you noticed something has scratched your eye, it is very important to see your eye doctor or an emergency room/urgent care center to seek treatment for your eye injury.
If a foreign object such as a metal flake or a fish hook penetrates the eye, the injury may be very severe. It is important not to attempt to remove the object yourself, but to visit the emergency room/urgent care center right away. Small sharp pieces of metal may become embedded in the eye's surface and, if left there, can quickly form a rust ring and a significant scar. Many penetrating eye injuries occur as a result construction accidents and accidents in daycare facilities [when children are left unsupervised].
Chemical burns occur when a person gets splashed or sprayed in the eye with chemical solutions, especially acid and alkali. Chemical eye injuries caused by acid are characterized by redness and burning, while those caused by alkali are much more serious. Some examples of alkali substances are oven cleaners, toilet bowl cleaners and even chalk dust. Chemical eye burn accidents usually occur in the workplace and can cause serious eye damage and even blindness.
Eye swelling or puffiness can result from being struck in the eye with a hard object such a baseball moving at a high speed. Most of swelling eye injuries occur during sports accidents. A person who suffered a blow to the eye should see an eye doctor to make sure there is no internal damage.
Eye Bleeding (Subconjunctival Hemorrhages)
Eye bleeding involves leakage of blood from one or more breaks in a blood vessel that lies between the white of the eye and its clear covering. Subconjunctival hemorrhages can happen as a result of even minor injury to the eye. Eye bleeding looks more severe than it really is. Usually, it is painless, does not require treatment and does not cause vision loss. Eye bleeding resolves in several weeks, even if left untreated.