Eye trauma refers to any injury to the eye. It is a regular event in children and a common cause of loss of vision, the Prevent Blindness America states. Trauma from sports is very common. Some of the more recurrent injuries occur during the following activities:
Other common causes of trauma to the eye include the following:
Any trauma to the eye of your child should be considered a medical emergency, and immediate medical care is necessary. Often, a younger child with an injury to the eye may need to be examined in the operating room under general anesthesia. Ophthalmologists (physicians who specialize in comprehensive eye care) are usually involved in the care of children with eye trauma.
There are many different types of eye trauma that require clinical care by a physician or other healthcare professional. Listed in the directory below are some, for which we have provided a brief overview.
Anatomy of the Eye
Avoiding Eye Injuries
Cosmetic Safety for Contact Lens Wearers
Chemical Burns of the Eye
Bruising or Black Eye (Ecchymosis)
Fractures of the Orbit
Foreign Bodies in the Eye
Blood in the Eye (Hyphema)