Warning Signs You Need an Eye Doctor After Corneal Injury

Berks Eye Physicians & Surgeons, Ltd.
Corneal Injury Wyomissing

The cornea, which is the transparent, dome-shaped surface located at the front of the eye, plays a crucial role in vision. However, it is also susceptible to injury from a wide range of causes, including foreign objects, chemical exposure, and trauma. When the cornea is damaged, it can lead to significant discomfort and potential vision impairment. Understanding the warning signs of a corneal injury is essential for seeking timely medical attention to preserve your vision. At Berks Eye, our team of dedicated eye care professionals understands the importance of prompt and effective treatment following a corneal injury. We are committed to providing comprehensive eye care to help preserve your vision.

How Does Corneal Injury Occur?

Corneal scratches can occur when foreign objects come into contact with your eye, particularly in work environments involving equipment or tools. Common culprits for corneal scratches include:

  • Dust, dirt, sand, or other environmental debris
  • Small fragments of wood or metal
  • Cosmetic brushes or applicators
  • Accidental contact with fingernails

Corneal abrasions can also result from improper use of contact lenses, such as. Wearing lenses when your eyes are dry, using ill-fitting contact lenses, or applying excessive force during the insertion or removal of your contacts can all cause injury.

Warning Signs of a Corneal Injury

If you experience any of the following symptoms after an incident that may have affected your eye, it is time to seek medical attention:

Eye pain or discomfort: Persistent or severe eye pain, a gritty sensation, or the feeling of having something in your eye could indicate a corneal injury.

Redness and tearing: Excessive redness of the eye, accompanied by tearing or discharge, may also be a sign of an issue with your cornea.

Sensitivity to light: Increased sensitivity to light, known as photophobia, can be indicative of corneal damage.

Blurred or reduced vision: Any sudden change in vision, such as blurriness or decreased clarity, requires immediate attention from an eye care professional, such as the doctors at Berks Eye.

Foreign body sensation: This is a persistent feeling of having a foreign body in the eye, even after rinsing the eye.

It is important to note that even if the symptoms seem mild, it is best to err on the side of caution and seek treatment. If there is an injury, delayed treatment can lead to complications and prolonged discomfort.

Maintain Your Optical Health at Berks Eye

Facing the possibility of a corneal injury can be distressing, but the dedicated team at Berks Eye will guide you through each step of the process, from diagnosis to treatment. Our doctors are committed to providing compassionate and expert care for corneal injuries and various eye conditions. If you suspect you have experienced a corneal injury or notice any of the warning signs associated with it, we encourage you to contact our practice to schedule an appointment for a comprehensive eye evaluation.

1802 Paper Mill Road Wyomissing, PA 19610
(610) 376-6968
8:00 am - 7:00 pm
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
8:00 am - 7:00 pm
8:00 am - 5:00 pm