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What is eye trauma?

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Everything you need to know about eye trauma

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Eye trauma in children is not uncommon and affects the eye and the surrounding structures such as the eyelids, eyebrows, bone, or muscles of the eye.

Eye injuries occur from:

  • Blunt trauma – ball, fist
  • Sharp trauma – knife, stick, pencil
  • Chemical trauma – splash from any toxic material especially alkali and acid, caustic substance, glue
  • Thermal injury – firework, hot water and oils

Corneal scarring usually happens from the distortion of the corneal shape centrally, secondary to scarring that is affecting the periphery of the cornea.

Contact lens-related trauma

Contact lens wearers are at risk of developing contact lens-related corneal infection.

The infection comes primarily from the bacteria present on the lids and in your tears. It is estimated that one in 2,500 daily contact lens wearers and 1 in 500 overnight wearers develop a cornea infection each year. The overall risk of any complication in contact lens wearers is 1/20 per year.

Eye injuries should be assessed as soon as possible, and treatment started straight away.

If it is a chemical or thermal injury, you should wash the eye extensively with water for a few minutes.

If the injury is caused by a sharp or blunt object, protect the eye and see an emergency doctor as soon as possible.

We can determine corneal abrasions and/or foreign bodies in the clinic with fundoscopy and fluorescein stain exam.

Early treatment is crucial to minimise permanent damage.

We can grade the damage to your eye from mild to very severe. We treat mild injuries with topical eye drops and ointments. More severe injuries can result in extensive damage to the eye and surrounding structures and might require surgical repair.

Corneal scarring

10-20% of injuries result in corneal scarring, which if central, can affect eyesight, and cause the visual acuity to deteriorate and various ocular distortions. However, if scarring is peripheral to the cornea, i.e. does not involve the line of vision, then the vision may be less affected.

In the acute phase of eye trauma or infection, we can use topical antibiotics, eye lubricants, and later, steroids. We can treat any remaining scar on the cornea if symptomatic and affecting vision or causing a lot of discomfort.

Usually, treatment is delayed for six months after the initial injury to allow the body to heal itself. In our experience, many corneal scars fade with time and vision improves gradually.

If there is no improvement, surgical intervention may be necessary. This includes:

  • Laser surgery, which is simple and effective in the very superficial scars
  • A partial-thickness corneal transplant
  • Superficial lamellar keratoplasty in case of superficial scar in the cornea
  • Deep lamellar keratoplasty (DALK) for deeper corneal scars
  • We use a femtosecond laser to assist corneal transplantation. In some cases, two types of lasers are used to give the best possible visual outcomes.

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