Optometrist Services For Embedded Object In Eye
If you get an object in your eye, especially if that object becomes embedded, you will need to seek optometrist services as soon as possible. Trying to remove the embedded object from your eye yourself may raise your risk for infection, tissue damage, and vision loss. Symptoms of an embedded object inside the eye may include severe pain, excessive tearing, light sensitivity, blurred vision, burning, and eye irritation. Here are some optometrist services you can expect from your eye doctor for the embedded object inside your eye.
Anesthetic Eye Drops
Removing an embedded object from your eye may be painful, but your optometrist will instill anesthetic drops into your eye before they remove the object. The anesthetic drops will numb the eye so that you will not feel any discomfort while the object is being removed.
After the numbing drops have been instilled, patients are often surprised that their pain immediately goes away. It is important to note, that while the anesthetic eye drops eliminate the pain caused by the embedded object, their main purpose is to keep the eye numb so that the object can be comfortably removed. Although it is not unusual for patients to ask for a prescription of numbing eye drops instead of actually having the object removed, this is not an appropriate treatment option.
After the embedded object has been removed from your eye, your optometrist may prescribe antibiotics, either in an ointment form, as eye drops, or oral antibiotics. Antibiotics will help prevent a severe infection that could possibly lead to vision loss. After you have completed your antibiotic therapy, your eye doctor may request that you schedule a follow-up visit so that they see how your eye is healing and give you a vision test.
Before using antibiotic eye drops, wash your hands and avoid touching your eye with the tip of the bottle to help prevent cross-contamination. It is essential that you finish all of your antibiotics, but if you are unable to instill your eye drops properly, ask someone to help you. If no one is available to assist you with your eye drops, let your optometrist know as soon as possible.
If you have an embedded object inside your eye, visit your eye doctor right away. A delay in treatment may result in prolonged pain, tissue damage, severe eye infection, and in some cases, even permanent vision loss.