Eye Injuries - Preparing For Your Appointment
To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.
If you have had an
eye injury that affects your vision, have someone else drive you to your
doctor. If you are wearing contact lenses, remove them and take your glasses
You can help your doctor diagnose and treat your
condition by being prepared to answer the following questions.
- What are your main symptoms? How long have you
had your symptoms?
- How and when did the injury
- Have you had any injuries in the past to the same eye? Do
you have any continuing problems because of the previous injury?
there a foreign object in the eye? What is the object? Did it fall into the eye
or did it fly into the eye at high speed?
- What type of substance
was splashed into your eye? How and when did it happen? Take the container with
- How did the heat (thermal) burn occur?
- How did the
ultraviolet (UV) light burn occur?
- Do you wear glasses or contacts?
Did you remove your contact lens? Has the injury affected your vision (as
corrected with glasses or contacts)?
- What kind of vision changes
are you having (not related to removing your eyeglasses or contact
- What home treatment have you tried? Did you
flush your eye with water for 30 minutes as a first aid measure? Did it
- What prescription or nonprescription medicines have you used?
Did they help?
- Were drugs or alcohol involved in your
- Do you have any
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
December 17, 2009
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