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What to do After an Eye Injury

When an eye injury occurs, it’s important to act quickly and get necessary treatment as soon as possible. A serious eye injury could lead to temporary or permanent blindness, but may not always be immediately obvious, so always act with caution. Delaying medical attention could actually end up causing more damage to the affected area.

While every eye injury is unique, here are a few common ways you can recognise a serious eye injury.

How to recognise an eye injury

  • Persistent eye pain
  • Cuts or tears to the eyelid
  • Bruising
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Bleeding in the clear part of the eye
  • Blurred or cloudy vision
  • Unusual pupil shape or size
  • Double vision
  • Object stuck in the eye or under the eyelid

What to do after an eye injury

For a minor injury, such as a black eye after playing sports, a cold compress should reduce pain and swelling, but it’s still a good idea to seek medical attention. The best way to treat any eye trauma is to keep calm and get treatment as soon as possible. You should also bear in mind the following:

  • Never rub the eye as this could cause more damage
  • Don’t try and remove an object that has got stuck in the eye
  • Flush the eye with clean water
  • Gently cover the eye with a protective shield – a clean, soft dressing is best
  • Reduce eye movement as much as possible to avoid further damage
  • Don’t apply any pressure to the affected eye

A serious eye injury can have a devastating impact on your sight and the way your live your life, causing on-going pain and suffering.

If the injury was caused by another party you may be entitled to claim compensation. When it comes to an injury as serious as one to your eyes, it is important to get expert legal advice before proceeding.

At Express Solicitors we have a wealth of experience dealing with cases involving eye and sight injuries. If you would like to speak with a member of our team to discuss your injury and see if you can make a claim, then please contact us for free on 0161 904 4660

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