Houston Eye Injury Attorneys
Handling Legal Cases Involving Vision Loss & Eye Injuries Throughout Texas
Vision is a requirement for a majority of jobs, it is vital for the ease of everyday life, and vision is even a necessary part of understanding human communication. These truths arguably make vision the most important human sense. However, eye injuries are prevalent in the everyday commotion of life. There are reportedly 2,000 work-related eye injuries that occur every day. This does not even account for all the eye injuries people face daily. As our eyes are extremely vulnerable to outside influence, it is important to understand how you can protect them.
Protecting Your Eyes
Here is a list of do’s and don’ts that will help you protect your eyes from harm:
- Wear sunglasses when outside for extended periods.
- Wear protective glasses when working on projects that create tiny particles that travel quickly (carpentry, masonry, pottery).
- Regularly visit your optometrist for eye checkups.
- Make sure you are getting enough vitamin A in your diet.
Common Eye Injuries
Scratched Eye (Corneal Abrasion)
This occurs when the surface of the eye is scratched. This abrasion can occur from getting poked in the eye during physical activity, to something as simple as rubbing your eye when a foreign object is in it (dust, sand, eyelashes). Although one of the more superficial eye injuries, even a corneal abrasion is a cause that requires immediate medical attention. The damage must be assessed by an eye care professional, and the abrasion must be checked on to make sure that the eye does not become infected.
If the eye’s surface is penetrated by a foreign object (fish hook, piece of metal, etc.), it is of dire importance that the afflicted seek immediate medical attention. The penetrating object should never be removed without the help of an eye specialist, as the removal of the object can be just as traumatic to the eye as the initial penetration of the eye.
Acid burns in the eye are usually an extremely painful experience for the injured; however, these burns are often not as serious as other burns. The acid can usually be washed out of the eye with water, but medical attention may be required if burning persists or if the acidity of the liquid is high. Alkali burns are much more serious than acid burns. Alkali burns are initially not as painful or as noticeable as acid burns, but they can do serious damage to an eye if they are not taken care of. The injured should follow the printed label guidance (found on the product) that will alert the injured to the next steps.
Eye Injuries Involving Blunt Force Trauma
Eye swelling, traumatic iritis, and hyphemas and orbital blowout fractures are all eye injuries that come from being hit in the eye. Black eyes and eye swelling are the least concerning blunt force traumas, while hyphema and orbital blowouts are always medical emergencies. Black eyes occur when an eye is bruised from the impact of a blunt force hit. While usually a minor accident, black eyes should be checked by a medical professional. Traumatic Iritis is when the iris of the eye becomes inflamed. This injury will cause the colored part of the eye to swell. This injury requires medical attention; even with medical attention, there is a risk of permanent damage. Hyphemas and orbital blowout fractures have a cause-and-effect relationship. Hyphemas are when the eye is bleeding from the anterior chamber or the space between the cornea and the iris. This bleeding usually occurs because of an orbital blowout fracture. An orbital blowout fracture is a crack or break in the facial bones (known as the eye socket) that surround the eyeball. When these bones break, the injured should seek immediate medical attention for the damage done to their eye.
If you have been the victim of a negligent action that caused you to lose your eyesight, undergo medical treatment for your eye, or altered your eye in any way, you may have the right to pursue legal action. If you are interested in finding out about your options, do not hesitate to call (888) 493-1629 for a free consultation concerning your eye injury.