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Health Information For Parents
Eye injuries are the most common preventable cause of blindness. While many minor eye irritations can be treated at home by flushing the eye with water, more serious injuries need medical attention. So when in doubt, err on the side of caution and call your doctor for help.
If an object, such as a piece of glass or metal, is sticking out of the eye, take the following steps:
Call your local poison control center for specific instructions. Be prepared to give the exact name of the chemical, if you have it. However, do not delay flushing the eye first.
A black eye is often a minor injury. But this bruising also can be the result of a significant eye injury or head trauma. A visit to the doctor or an eye specialist might be needed to rule out serious injury, particularly if you’re not sure what caused the black eye.
For a black eye:
If the injury happened during one of your child’s routine activities, such as a sport, follow up by investing in an ounce of prevention — protective goggles or unbreakable glasses are vitally important.
To prevent damage to the eye, any object that isn’t washed out right away by tears must be removed.
Corneal abrasions, which are common among kids, happen when something gets into the eye. Though sometimes painful,Â they’re rarely serious and usually heal within a few days.
Learn more about black eyes and eyelid contusions in children.
You can be a big help when someone is hurt or in danger. How? By dialing 911. Find out more in this article for kids.
In an emergency, health care professionals will have many questions about a patient’s medical history. It’s easy to compile this information now, and it could save critical minutes later.
What does it mean when your eyes water? It’s not the same as crying – or is it?
When one or more parts of the eye or brain that are needed to process images become diseased or damaged, severe or total loss of vision can occur. Read all about visual impairment.
In a medical emergency, kids can be heroes just by calling for help. Find out more in this article for kids.
Some eye injuries can be treated at home, while others require a visit to the doctor or emergency room. Find out what to do if your child has eye pain.
Sometimes the different parts of the eye don’t work together the way they should. When this happens, people wear glasses or contact lenses. Find out more in this article for kids.
It’s important for kids to have their eyes examined regularly, as many vision problems and eye diseases can be detected and treated early.
Fireworks are cool to watch, but it’s best to let the professionals set them off. Find out more in this article for kids.
In an emergency, it’s hard to think clearly about your kids’ health information. Here’s what important medical information you should have handy, just in case.
Even if you’re lucky enough to have perfect vision, taking care of and protecting your eyes is vital to keeping your peepers perfect. Learn all about how to take care of your baby blues (or browns or greens) in this article.
Although your eyes are small, their structure is incredibly complex. Find out how they work in this body basics article.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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