Eye injuries can occur at any time. The Eye Associates of Georgetown office is equipped to handle most eye injuries. The primary instrument used is a biomicroscope, sometimes referred to as a slit lamp. The biomicroscope has a high magnification and is designed to aid in evaluating the extent of an eye injury. Whether it is a laceration, foreign particle embedded or a burn, the biomicroscope is the primary tool to carefully examine the injury.
Embedded Foreign Bodies
A common eye injury is a foreign body embedded in the cornea. At Eye Associates we are experienced at removing foreign bodies. With proper medical care and treatment these injuries resolve well.
Contusions, otherwise referred to as a “black eye” can result in more than just the obvious bruises on the face. Often, the retina which is the nerve tissue that senses light and lines the back of the eye gets injured. There is a blood vessel layer under the retina that is very delicate. We recommend a thorough eye exam following any black eye to insure there has been no retinal trauma.
A compression type of injury can knock the retina loose and cause bleeding underneath and even retinal detachment. Both can result in blindness to the effected eye. Immediate examination and subsequent treatment is needed in these type of injuries.
Emergency Eye Care
Eye Associates of Georgetown provides emergency services for eye infections and eye injuries. Please call our office at 512-863-4400 during office hours. Our staff will work with you to schedule an appointment as soon as possible. State-of-the-art microscopes allow us to examine the front surface and internal structure of the eye and facial areas around the eye for infection or injury. After assessing the extent of the injury or infection a treatment plan will be formulated and explained to you. Treatment may include medications and supportive care. Follow-up visits to monitor your recovery will be scheduled as needed.
Some true ocular emergencies include a sudden onset of floating spots in your vision; flashes of light; a sudden decrease in vision in one or both eyes; a sudden onset of double vision; and a red eye that is painful and/or has discharge. We encourage you to call our office if you suspect something is wrong and we will be happy to assist you.
If you have symptoms of “Flashes of Light” in your vision, when there is no light to explain the flashes, this could mean that there is something happening on the back of the eye. The eye does not have any pain sensors so flashes are your best clue that there is something wrong. In contrast, the cornea (the clear window on the front of the eye) has more nerve pain sensors than any other part of the body. Injury to the cornea can be incredibly painful. However, in both cases, immediate treatment is needed. The Eye Associates staff is well trained to know how to expedite the treatment of these types of injuries. Call immediately when an injury occurs. We are here to help.