More than two million people visit the nation's emergency departments each year because of eye injuries or eye infections.
WASHINGTON, -- Some of these problems cause damage that can never be reversed. Emergency physicians want every American to practice good eye health in order to decrease that risk.
Quick eye statistics:
• About 2.4 million eye-related visits were made to emergency departments each year, according to the CDC.
• Each day, about 2,000 workers in the United States receive eye injuries that need medical treatment.
• More than 600,000 eye injuries are related to sports and recreation,with about 42,000 of these requiring emergency care, according to The Coalition to Prevent Sports Eye Injuries
• More than 90 percent of all eye injuries can be prevented with the use of protective eyewear, according to the organization Prevent Blindness America.
• Americans make about 930,000 visits to doctor's offices and other clinics each year because of eye infections (CDC).
There are a number of ways that injuries to the eye can occur. A few examples include:
• A corneal abrasion or a scratched eye can happen when an eye is poked, rubbed with a foreign object or if something like sand or dust gets in and causes a scratch. Minor cases can cause eye redness and sensitivity to light.
• If a foreign object penetrates your eye, such as metal — you should visit the ER or a physician's office immediately. Also, try not to remove the object yourself or rub it as it can cause more damage to your eye.
• A chemical burn can cause damage to your eye, not to mention cause extreme pain. If a chemical is splashed in the eye, put your head under a stream of lukewarm water for about 15 minutes and let water run into your eye, then go immediately to the ER or a physician's office for additional treatment. (SOURCE: American College of Emergency Physicians, ACEP)
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