When to seek medical attention for a scratched eye

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When to seek medical attention for a scratched eye in Santa Clarita

If you have scratched your eye, it is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible. While the majority of scratched eye cases do not cause permanent damage, even a small scratch can be very painful and can lead to serious complications if left untreated. You should schedule an appointment with our optometrist as soon as possible. Call us right away to schedule if you scratched your eye or are experiencing  any of the following symptoms: severe pain, excessive tearing, sensitivity to light, the feeling that something is in your eye, or vision changes. Additionally, if the scratch does not heal within a few days or if it becomes worse, you should promptly seek medical attention. Waiting to seek care can increase the risk of infection and can lead to scarring and vision loss. Remember that early detection and treatment are crucial for the best outcomes, so please don't hesitate to contact us at (661) 775-1860 if you have any concerns about your eye health.

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When should you see an eye doctor for a scratched eye?

If you have scratched your eye, it is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible. Here are some specific circumstances in which you should seek medical attention for a scratched eye:

  • If the scratch is deep or extends over a large area of the cornea, deep scratches can cause damage to the underlying layers of the cornea and may require treatment with antibiotics or other medications.
  • If you are experiencing severe pain, light sensitivity, or blurred vision in addition to the scratch, these symptoms can be signs of a more serious problem, such as an infection or inflammation.
  • If the scratch is located near the center of the cornea, the center of the cornea is responsible for most of your visual acuity, so any damage to this area can have a significant impact on your vision.
  • If you are not sure whether the scratch requires medical attention.
  • If you have any foreign object stuck in your eye, such as dirt, dust, or a small particle.
  • If you have an underlying eye condition, such as dry eye or an autoimmune disorder, that could increase your risk of complications from a scratched eye.
  • If the scratch is accompanied by other eye injuries, such as a cut on the eyelid or swelling around the eye.
  • If the scratch is a result of a chemical burn or exposure to a hazardous substance.
  • If you have any underlying health conditions that could affect the healing process, such as diabetes or a weakened immune system.

It is always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to eye injuries, please call our office at (661) 775-1860 so that you can discuss the specifics about your scratch and receive instructions on the best course of action. Our optometrist can evaluate the scratch and determine the best course of treatment. Do not delay seeking medical attention, as scratched eyes can lead to serious complications if left untreated. To schedule an evaluation, please call (661) 775-1860.

Is a scratched eye common?

Each year, 300,000 people in the United States seek emergency medical attention for eye injuries sustained at work.  Scratched eye or corneal abrasions are particularly common in the workplace, for example US auto workers have an annual incidence of 15 per 1000 employees. In primary care clinics, eye complaints are responsible for 2% of visits and traumatic conditions, and foreign bodies are the reason for 8% of these visits.

Is a scratched eye common?
Is a scratched eye common?

Is a scratched eye common?

There are many ways in which you could scratch your eye at a workplace. Some common examples include:

  • Accidentally poking your eye with a tool or other object.
  • Getting dust, dirt, or other foreign particles in your eye.
  • Being hit in the eye with a flying object, such as a piece of debris or a tool.
  • Being splashed in the eye with a chemical or other hazardous substance.
  • Having eye contact with a strong irritant, such as paint fumes or cleaning agents.
  • Scratching your eye with sharp edges on equipment or machinery.
  • Being struck in the eye by a moving object, such as a conveyor belt or a forklift.
  • Being hit in the eye by a falling object, such as a box or a tool.
  • Getting debris or dust in your eye while working in a dirty or dusty environment.
  • Accidentally rubbing your eye with dirty or contaminated hands.
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Visit Amplify EyeCare Santa Clarita for a scratched eye, a leading provider of emergency eye care and medical eye care in Santa Clarita

If you are in need of an eye doctor near you, look no further! Our team of experienced optometrists are here to provide you with the highest quality eye care. From routine eye exams to the treatment of eye injuries and diseases, we have you covered. To schedule an evaluation for a scratched eye, please call (661) 775-1860. Patients with eye injuries such as corneal abrasions visit our clinic from all over California, and we are proud to be a leading provider of emergency eye care and medical eye care for patients from Santa Clarita, Palmdale, Lancaster, and San Fernando Valley.

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  • My eight year old daughter was terrified to go to the eye doctor for fear of her eyes being dilated. The doctor was SO KID friendly! He immediately made her comfortable by engaging her in conversation. It was a geat experience.


    Joya B.

  • Dr. Garbus spent an amazing amount of time to solve my very complicated visual problems. Over the years he has continually achieved results beyond what others felt possible. He is always up to date on the latest science. He is great!


    Dolores K.

  • Family Vision Care Valencia makes it so easy. Staff is knows what they are doing and Dr. Garbus is thorough and kept me well informed during the exam.


    Kristy B.

  • I have been coming to Family Vision Center for almost 20 years. Dr. Garbus has been able to help my vision when other doctors could not. Now my kids see him as well. I highly recommend this office!


    Autumn C.

  • The Doctor is very good. I felt on this visit he seemed rushed. I had questions to ask him but he was already with another patient. I still do not know if my eyes are the same , worse, or better.


    Howard B.

Testimonials


My eight year old daughter was terrified to go to the eye doctor for fear of her eyes being dilated. The doctor was SO KID friendly! He immediately made her comfortable by engaging her in conversation. It was a geat experience.


Joya B.

Dr. Garbus spent an amazing amount of time to solve my very complicated visual problems. Over the years he has continually achieved results beyond what others felt possible. He is always up to date on the latest science. He is great!


Dolores K.

Family Vision Care Valencia makes it so easy. Staff is knows what they are doing and Dr. Garbus is thorough and kept me well informed during the exam.


Kristy B.

I have been coming to Family Vision Center for almost 20 years. Dr. Garbus has been able to help my vision when other doctors could not. Now my kids see him as well. I highly recommend this office!


Autumn C.

The Doctor is very good. I felt on this visit he seemed rushed. I had questions to ask him but he was already with another patient. I still do not know if my eyes are the same , worse, or better.


Howard B.

All the staff is friendly, helpful and knowledgeable, and has been for all the years I have been going there.


Mary Ann H.
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