Ocular Trauma

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Eye injuries can occur at any time.  Our office is equiped to handle most eye injuries.  The primary instrument we use is a biomicroscope, sometimes referred to as a slit lamp.  The biomicroscope has a high magnification and is particularly designed to aid us in evaluating the extent of an eye injury.  Whether it is a laceration, embedded foreign body or a burn, Dr. Conner can carefully examine the injury and determine the proper treatment plan.






                Embedded Foreign Bodies

A common injury is a metalic foreign body embedded in the cornea or conjunctiva.  Grinding or drilling iron or other metals will release particles that are hot and when the particles strike the eye they embed themselves into the surface.  If it is iron, as in this example, it will immediatley begin to rust due to the salty consistency of our tears.  When the metal particle is removed, there can be a remaining rust deposit that has infiltrated the surrounding cornea.  We have experience at removing these rust deposits and with proper immediate medical treatment these injuries resolve well.  Safety glasses are always recommended to prevent these type of injuries.


  Retinal Trauma

Contusions, otherwise referred to as a "black eye" can result in more than just the obvious bruises on the face.  The retina is the special layer of neural tissue in the back of the eye.  There are blood vessels beneath the retina that can be damaged by blunt trauma to the eye. 




                    Retinal Hemorrhages

A compression type of injury can damage the retina and cause bleeding underneath.  These examples show both retinal hemorrhage and retinal detachment.  Both can result in blindness to the effected eye.  Immediate examination and subsequent treatment is needed in these types of injuries. 






                                   Floaters and Flashes of Light

If you have symptoms of light flashes or floaters in your vision, this can be related to a possible retinal tear or detachment.  The eye should be evaluated immediately to rule out the need for surgical treatment, even if no eye pain is noted.  In contrast, the cornea (the clear window on the front of the eye) has more nerve pain sensors that any other part of the body.  Injury to the cornea can be incredibly painful.  However, in both cases, immediate treatment is needed.  Our office staff is well trained to know how to expedite the treatment of these type of injuries.  Call immediately when an injury or sudden vision symptoms occur.  We are here to help.


For emergencies call us at:  509-452-9189