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Preventing Corneal Abrasions during Summer

Eye injuries are common in the warmer months of the year. Summer, especially, is a time to be outdoors having fun, doing yard work and making home repairs.

Injury to the surface of the eye is known called a corneal abrasion. The cornea is the clear covering of the eye, which bends, or refracts, light rays as they enter the eye. A corneal abrasion may result from trauma, excessive ultraviolet light, chemical irritation, dry eyes, bacterial infection or ill-fitting contact lens.

Corneal abrasions can cause intense and moderate to severe pain. The pain is likened to a feeling of something in the eye. Also, redness, light sensitivity and blurred vision are usually present as well.
Treatment should be sought immediately. Emergency room and urgent care physicians are quite experienced and knowledgeable about appropriate treatment. Treatments include antibiotic eye drops, lubricating drop and pain medication, when appropriate. Follow-up visit to an ophthalmologist is recommended.

As in most injuries, prevention is of paramount importance. Safety glasses will reduce the risk of significant eye injuries while mowing the lawn, weed whacking or performing other household duties. Sunglasses can protect the eyes from harmful rays, but do not offer the protection of safety glasses.

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