What causes eye trauma and what is eye trauma treatment?


Eye trauma in children is not uncommon.

Most traumas are very minor and could involve a bit of a bleed on the surface of the eye, bruises to the eyelids, or a tiny scratch on the cornea or the conjunctiva. This is usually treated very simply by topical antibiotics to prevent any infection. 

However, it can be more serious. If a child has any eye trauma, it should be assessed by a specialist to route any serious eye conditions. The early management could help the child develop normal and healthy eyes. However, the late management could leave a child with very poor eyesight.

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If it’s a minor trauma, we do a full assessment to rule out any serious disease and apply topical antibiotics to ensure that the child doesn’t develop any secondary eye infection. However, more serious problems will be addressed depending on what’s going on.

Eye trauma in children can be serious, and that’s why we encourage parents to bring the child to be seen.

There is a child I saw a few weeks ago, who was having a bit of blunt eye trauma, but actually, the child has developed some bleeding inside the eye. This requires close management to make sure the child doesn’t develop high pressure in the eye, and there is no damage to the contents inside the eye. Luckily, the child did very well. The blood was cleared from inside of the eye, and his vision is perfectly well right now.

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Mr Samer Hamada | Consultant Ophthalmologist and Corneal Surgeon

MD, MSc, DO (hons), FRCSEd, FRCOphth I am Samer Hamada, founder and consultant ophthalmic surgeon with over 20 years’ experience in ophthalmology. I am a world-renowned specialist in cornea, cataract and refractive surgery. I’m not only a leading surgeon but also the only dual fellowship trained in corneal diseases in children from reputable institutions in the UK. At Eye Clinic London I work closely with other consultant ophthalmologists, optometrists and orthoptists to achieve the best outcomes for our patients. Our main aim is to make sure our patients get the safest and best treatments available to them. We put your safety before anything else so you can rest assured that if you choose us you will be in the best and safest hands.

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