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There are many ways you can help children and their families get the care they need.
Is my child’s eye injury an emergency?
Any injury to your child’s eye should be considered a medical emergency, and immediate medical care is necessary. Often, a younger child with an eye injury may need to be examined in the operating room under general anesthesia. Physicians who specialize in comprehensive eye care are called ophthalmologists and are usually involved in the care of children with eye injuries.
What causes eye injuries?
Eye injuries from sports are quite common.
Some of the more recurrent eye injuries occur during the following activities:
Other common causes of eye injuries include:
Types of eye injuries
There are many different types of eye injuries that require clinical care by a physician or other health care professional.
Learn more about sports-related eye injuries. For information on symptoms for specific types of eye injuries, visit these sites:
What are the symptoms of eye injuries?
General symptoms of eye injuries can include:
How can my child prevent eye injuries?
Eye injuries affect more than 1 million people every year, yet 90 percent of these injuries are preventable with the use of appropriate safety eyewear. Consider these reminders from Prevent Blindness America and discuss them with your child or teenager:
At home or outside:
Are cosmetics safe for my child’s eyes?
According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, cosmetics are among some of the most common sources of problems for contact lens wearers. Misusing cosmetics can lead to severe adverse reactions:
How can my child use cosmetics safely?
Make sure your teen abides by the following guidelines for safe cosmetics use:
Can the computer use cause eye strain?
Eye strain may be attributed to prolonged computer screen viewing. Each child may experience symptoms differently, but the most common symptoms of eye strain are:
How can my child avoid eye strain when using a computer?
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recommends the following workstation modifications to help avoid eye strain:
You may also want to consult your child’s ophthalmologist, as some individuals who don’t normally need glasses may need corrective lenses for computer work.
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