Ocular Trauma

Trauma to the face and eye area is typically unexpected and can be devastating. There are almost 2 million instances of eye injury per year in the United States and it is the number one cause of vision loss in people under the age of 25. There are several common mechanisms in which people injure an eye including falling, motor vehicle accidents, assaults, flying debris, and chemical injury. Particularly dangerous activities include the use of fireworks, paintball, and hammering metal. While many instances of ocular trauma occur during sports-related activities, more than 40% of ocular injuries occur inside the home. Ocular injuries, if severe, can also cause damage to the retina leading to inflammation, rupturing of the layer beneath the retina, hemorrhages, retinal tears, or even retinal detachments. Fortunately 90% of ocular trauma can be prevented by using necessary precaution and protective eyewear. We encourage everyone to use appropriate eye safety protection during activities that involve any potential risk to the eye.

In many cases, there are effective medical and surgical management options for eye injuries. Seeking immediate treatment following eye injury is critical. Retina Consultants of Houston is specialized in handling vitreoretinal complications that can occur as the result of an eye injury.