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Ocular Trauma

Eye injuries (Ocular Trauma) can occur at any time. Our office is well equipped to handle most eye injuries. The primary instrument we use is a bio-microscope, sometimes referred to as a slit lamp. The bio-microscope has a high magnification and is particularly designed to aid us in evaluating the extent of an eye injury. Whether it is a laceration, foreign particle embedded, or a chemical burn, the bio-microscope is the primary tool to carefully examine the injury. Most ocular injuries will require medical treatments, follow-up care visits, and possible sub-specialist referrals, if needed.

What ocular traumas are treated at Vision Arora?

eye-zonesCorneal abrasions/lacerations – 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 and needs immediate treatment. A corneal abrasion is a scratched cornea or a scrape in the cornea. Dr. Arora uses bandage contact lenses along with medications to provide immediate relief. Our office staff is well trained to expedite such cases. Call immediately when an injury occurs. We are here to help. All emergency visits will be seen on same day of confirmed requests.

Embedded Foreign Bodies – A common injury is a metallic foreign body embedded in the cornea. Grinding or drilling in iron or other metals can hit the eye and embed themselves. If it is iron, it will immediately begin to rust due to the salty consistency of our tears. When the metal particle is removed, there is a remaining rust deposit that has infiltrated the surrounding cornea. Dr Arora has experience at removing these rust spots. With proper medical treatment these injuries resolve well. If the foreign particle was embedded in the central visual axis of the cornea, there may be a scar remaining which could affect the patient’s ultimate visual acuity. Safety glasses are always recommended to prevent these types 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 tissue that senses light which lines the back of the eye. There are blood vessel layers through the retina. A compression type of injury can knock the retina loose which can cause bleeding underneath and retinal detachment. This can result in blindness to the affected eye. Immediate examination and subsequent treatment is needed in these type of injuries because the retina is a very delicate and sensitive tissue.

images (6)Flashes of light – 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 in the back of the eye (retina). The retina has no pain receptors so the “flashes” are a very important symptom that there is something wrong.