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See How to Prevent Eye Trauma in the Workplace

Posted on February 14, 2017 and filed under Urgent Care Blog

At MD Now, we’ve provided minor urgent eye care for many patients who have experienced eye trauma in the workplace. It’s important to realize that immediate eye injury treatment is critical when you suffer any sort of eye trauma, so you can’t afford the long waits and high costs of the emergency room, or waiting for days or weeks for an appointment with your doctor. So if you need minor urgent eye care after a workplace eye injury, we recommend heading to your nearest MD Now location for the eye injury treatment you need. And take a look at how you can reduce any eye damage on your own before coming to MD Now.

A Glimpse of the Prevalence of Workplace Eye Injuries

Eye trauma is extremely serious and can result in long hospitalizations, a great deal of missed work, vision loss, blindness, and other permanent eye damage. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that more than 20,000 eye injuries occur in the workplace every year. And a large number of people who were injured were not wearing any eye protection when their accident happened. But taking the proper precautions to prevent eye injuries, performing immediate eye injury first aid, and seeking professional eye injury treatment as quickly as possible can help decrease any damage.

A View of Various Eye Protection

While studies show that wearing eye protection reduces the risk of eye injuries, it’s vital for people to choose the right kind of protection for proper eye safety. Plus, all protective eyewear must be fit by an eye care expert to ensure proper protection. Check out these four forms of eye protection from many workplace hazards:

  1. Safety glasses that wrap around the face or have side shields for protection from all angles.
  2. Goggles to provide complete coverage for eyes.
  3. Face shields worn over goggles or glasses to safeguard the eyes and face from chemicals and debris.
  4. Full-face helmets or respirators should be worn during high-risk jobs like welding.

A Closer Look at Eye Injury First Aid

No matter the kind of eye injury you suffer, you to see a medical professional immediately, which can do at MD Now. That’s because they’re the only ones with the knowledge and tools to provide the needed minor urgent eye care, whether it’s treatment for a scratched eye to removing sharp particles remaining in the eye. Even the most minor eye traumas need to be seen by a medical professional to prevent long-term damage, but there is some eye injury first aid you can do to help relieve the problem before heading to a doctor, such as:

  • If you have debris in your eye, try flushing it out with water, but avoid rubbing the eye. Then seek medical attention.
  • If you have punctures, cuts or foreign objects in the eye, rush out to get immediate medical care and don’t touch the eye.
  • If your eye has been burned, open the eye as wide as you can and flush it out with water before proceeding to a doctor.
  • If you’ve undergone a blow to the eye, gently apply a cold compress over the eye and seek immediate medical attention.

MD Now is Your Source for the Highest-Quality Care

Discover the caring, convenient, and cost-efficient treatment that can always be found at MD Now. All of our locations are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week, 365 days a year, and operate on a walk-in, no-appointment basis to conveniently suit your schedule. With 26 locations throughout Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade counties, quality care is always within your reach. For the South Florida locations nearest you, visit https://www.mymdnow.com/locations.

To learn more about our urgent care centers, call 888-MDNow-911 or visit www.MDNow.com.

MD Now® Urgent Care Walk-In Medical Centers is the leading provider of fast and affordable urgent care to adults and children in Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade counties. Our state-of-the-art, walk-in medical centers are open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. to deliver an affordable and convenient alternative to long emergency room wait times and the limited hours of family physicians. No appointment is necessary and major insurance plans are accepted. In addition to providing a comprehensive range of urgent care services to treat a variety of illnesses and injuries, our multiple locations offer digital x-rays, EKG, ultrasounds, lab testing, physicals, immunizations, vaccines, physical therapy, occupational medicine, travel medicine and selected primary care services. Find the medical care you need with the convenience you want at MD Now. Call: 888-MDNow-911, online: www.MDNow.com.

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