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October is Eye Injury Prevention Month

Posted on Oct 05, 2010

Oct. 5, 2010 - October is not just Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It's Eye Injury Prevention Month, too. One of the best ways to protect your eyes from injury is to wear protective eyewear when participating in activities that may cause damage to the face or eyes.

Even when you're not involved in an activity that would obviously require eyewear, such as when playing racquetball, you could still suffer an eye injury from someone else's negligence. No matter what you're doing at the time of an eye injury, following some of the steps below could potentially reduce the severity of your injury.

Take Action to Preserve Your Vision

An eye injury should not be taken lightly. Seek treatment from an ophthalmologist (eye physician), not an optometrist (eye doctor). If treatment is delayed, vision could be permanently lost, depending on the severity of the injury.

Some tips that may protect your vision as you await medical treatment include:

  • Avoid touching or applying pressure to your eye.
  • Don't try to remove an object stuck in your eye.
  • Do not apply eye drops, ointment or medication of any kind to your eye, (and do not take any medication by mouth).
  • If chemicals are in your eye, flush with copious clean water and don't delay medical treatment.
  • If your eye has been cut, tape the bottom of a paper cup to the bones around your eye (this will provide temporary protection until you can get medical attention). 

 If you have an eye injury caused by someone else's negligence, you should consult a Philadelphia personal injury lawyer who can determine whether it would be beneficial to file a Pennsylvania personal injury claim.

If you do decide to proceed with a claim to seek compensation for your eye injury, keep all medical documents and follow your doctor's orders. By following a doctor's orders, you will help a Philadelphia personal injury lawyer build a strong case on your behalf.

Contacting a Philadelphia Personal Injury Lawyer

If you have been severely injured in a Philadelphia accident, you shouldn't have to suffer and pay for expensive medical bills that were caused by another person's negligence. Contact a Philadelphia personal injury lawyer at White & Williams LLP today. We will provide a no-cost, no-obligation consultation on your case - 877-944-8396.

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