What to do when you have an eye injury

It’s reported that nearly half of all eye injuries happen at home. Home improvement projects, cleaning supplies, and yard work are all culprits in causing at-home eye injury.

You can help to protect your eyes by wearing protective eyewear—including sunglasses when you’re outside in the yard. Experts assert that simply using glasses or safety goggles can reduce your risk of eye injury by 90%.

Sometimes accidents are unavoidable. Being able to recognize an eye injury is as important as preventing them.

Signs of an eye injury:

  • Cut or torn eyelid
  • Difficulty seeing
  • Persistent eye pain
  • Eye protrudes from the socket
  • Unusual pupil size or shape
  • One eye is not moving as well as the other
  • Pooled blood in the clear part of the eye
  • Foreign object in the eye that can’t be removed with tears and blinking

If you or a member of your family experiences an eye injury at home, regardless of severity, call your eye doctor immediately. They will be able to provide guidance and care recommendations remotely or determine if the injury requires immediate, urgent medical attention.


April 2020 – Until further notice, ReFocus Eye Health is following the recommendations of the CDC, American Academy of Ophthalmology, and state government orders in our care for our patients. At this time our offices are open, but we will only be seeing patients with urgent needs. Please call your doctor directly if you have questions about whether or not your need is emergent.

Look to the future – give us a call to schedule your next appointment. We look forward to seeing you when it is safe to do so!

As the current health crisis subsides in the coming weeks and months, we want to encourage everyone to continue to make their overall health their first priority. That includes regular examinations and moving forward with recommended treatments for eye conditions. As soon as we are safely able to, we will reopen our doors to all patients.