Treatment for Eye Trauma in New York

Each year, more than 2.4 million people of all ages sustain eye injuries. Ocular trauma is second only to cataracts as the most common cause of visual impairment. The most common eye injuries include foreign bodies in the eye, open wounds, contusions and burns. More than 90% of eye injuries can be prevented.

An injury commonly occurs when something scratches the eye. More severe eye injuries can be caused by exposure to toxic chemicals or major trauma. Your symptoms will vary depending on the type of injury but will often include eye pain, redness or discomfort during eye movement.

Treatment for eye trauma varies greatly based on the severity and type of injury. It is best to see an ophthalmologist for evaluation of any eye trauma. All chemical injuries require immediate medical attention. Never touch, rub or try to remove an object in the eye. If your eye has been cut or has an object lodged in it, hold a paper cup as a protective shield against the bone around your eye and seek immediate medical attention.

For minor injuries such as a black eye, applying cold compresses to the affected area can help bring down swelling and allow the injury to heal faster. You can avoid eye trauma by using appropriate protective eyewear while doing things that put your eyes at risk. Doing home repairs, gardening, house cleaning, cooking and playing sports all put you at risk for serious eye injuries. Most people with eye injuries report not using proper eye protection, which means that simply taking proper precautions will help you prevent eye injuries.

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Surgical Services

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Sid Mandelbaum, MD, FACS

Dr. Sid Mandelbaum has been in practice in New York since 1986. After completing his undergraduate work at Columbia University, he went on to receive his medical degree...

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Michael Borodkin, MD

Dr. Michael J. Borodkin is a summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. He received his medical degree from Yale University School of Medicine...

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Alexandra Herzlich, MD

Dr. Herzlich specializes in medical and surgical treatment of corneal diseases and laser refractive surgery. A New York City native, Dr. Herzlich attended Georgetown University...

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