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What is a corneal abrasion?
A corneal abrasion is a scratch on the cornea, the clear domed surface of the eye in front of the iris. The cornea is very sensitive, so any scratches on the cornea can be painful, leading to watering and light sensitivity.
What is a foreign body in the eye?
A foreign body is any object that becomes stuck between the front of the eye and the eyelids, or becomes lodged in the structures of the eye, or even inside the eye.
What is a blowout fracture?
Severe blows to the face can lead to fractures of the orbits, the bony cavities in the skull in which the eyeballs sit. In some cases, particularly if the fracture occurs in the bottom wall of the orbit, a hole can open up between the orbit and the sinuses in …
What is a subconjunctival hemorrhage?
A subconjunctival hemorrhage occurs when blood pools between the conjunctiva - the clear layer at the front of the eye - and the sclera, the white layer below. Part or all of the surface of the eye generally appears bright red. It can occur because of …
Can a blow to the head cause an eye injury?
A blow to the head can cause injury to the eyes, even if the eyes are not directly impacted. Having your eyes checked after a blow to the head can help to detect any internal damage to the eyes and is particularly important if you notice any …
Can the eyes be affected by sunburn?
Exposure to too much sunlight can cause a condition called corneal keratitis, which is similar to sunburn. As with the skin, the eyes can also develop cancers such as melanoma. Wearing sunglasses that meet Australian Standards can help to protect your …
Can contact lenses cause eye injuries?
Wearing contact lenses can be associated with an increased risk of corneal abrasions. Soft contact lenses can sometimes tear and pieces lodge in the eyes. They can also increase the risk of infection if an injury does occur. It is very important to …
Can eye injuries be prevented?
While not all eye injuries can be prevented, there are many things you can do to reduce the risk of them occurring. Particularly at work or when playing sports, it is important to wear appropriate eye protection when doing any potentially hazardous activities …
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Author: Dr Joanne Van der Velden PhD, BSc (Hons)
First answered: 18 Sep 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: Pink eye