What Are Minor Eye Injuries?
Vision is one of our most vital senses, which is why it is important to keep your eyes healthy by visiting a medical professional right after sustaining an injury to the eye. At MedNorth Urgent Care, our team of physicians and medical experts is trained to treat minor eye injuries. Some of the common eye injuries we treat include:
- Bleeding under the skin around the eye (known as a black eye)
- Trauma to the eye
- A cut or scratch to the eye
- Swollen eye
- Something stuck in the eye
Dr. Shane Hill, Dr. Scott Rundle, and the rest of our team utilize the latest technologies to diagnose and treat our patients as quickly and effectively as possible. If you find yourself or a family member in need of medical help due to an injury to the eye, feel free to visit our Kalispell, MT office.
How are Eye Injuries Treated?
Our eyes are an important aspect of our daily lives, which is why it's so important to seek out help immediately if you find yourself with an eye injury. It's important that if you have an injury to one or both of your eyes you:
- Do not remove the foreign object
- Find someone else to drive you to our office
- Do not put anything in your eye (tweezers, fingers, etc.)
- Do not rub, touch, or put pressure on your eye
- Do not put any medication or cream on your eye
- Do not attempt to take your contact out if you have one in
When you get to our office, we will first assess the damage to your eye. From there, we will make a treatment plan and help you accordingly. Once we've removed any foreign object from your eye or treated the damage, we will help you understand how to help your eye heal at home. In some cases, we may refer you to an eye specialist or suggest you follow up with your ophthalmologist if you have one.
Minor Eye Injuries FAQ
Can a minor eye injury heal by itself?
Yes, a minor eye injury can often heal on its own. Minor abrasions and scratches to the cornea (outer surface of the eye) can typically heal in 3 – 5 days.
When should I see a doctor for an eye injury?
If you are experiencing persistent or worsening eye pain, have a foreign object stuck in your eye that cannot be washed out with water, are having vision problems, redness, or sensitivity to light, you should seek medical help.
What are the most common symptoms of an eye injury?
- Difficulty seeing or blurry vision
- Persistent or worsening pain
- Redness and irritation
- Excessive tearing
- Sensitivity to light and/or touch
- Eye is bulging from the socket
- Pupil is large or unusually shaped
- Blood is visible in the whites of the eyes
- A foreign object is lodged in the eye
- Cut or torn eyelid
- Difficulty moving one or both eyes
Urgent Care for Eyes
Don't risk your vision! Seek medical attention immediately after an eye injury. MedNorth Urgent Care is equipped to treat a range of minor eye injuries, saving you time and expense from an emergency room visit. Dr. Shane Hill, Dr. Scott Rundle, and our team of medical experts are here to help you assess your eye injury and create a treatment plan that will help your eye heal quickly and safely. Stop by our Kalispell, MT office today or give us a call if you have questions about what services we offer.