Eye Injuries

  • Eye injuries can occur in many settings, including at home, at work or when playing sports.

Common types of eye injury include:

  • blows to the eye – such as being hit by a fist, elbow or ball
  • scratches and abrasions – such as from fingernails or tree branches
  • foreign bodies – such as small pieces of grit, wood or metal getting in the eye
  • penetrating or cutting injuries – such as cuts from glass or projectiles flung from tools, especially when hammering or using power tools
  • chemical burns – such as exposure to household cleaning products
  • radiation exposure – such as exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light from the sun or sun lamps
  • Wearing contact lenses incorrectly can also injure your eyes, particularly if they’re dirty, don’t fit properly or have been worn for too long.
Symptoms of eye trauma may include:
  • Bruising (black eyes)
  • Cuts to the eyelid.
  • Eye redness.
  • Swelling.
  • Bleeding between the cornea and iris, known as hyphema.
  • Retinal detachment.
  • Blurred or cloudy vision.
  • Double vision.