You asked

What should I do if my child gets an eye injury?

The golden rule when dealing with an eye injury is: if in doubt check it out! If your child is complaining of any of the following after an eye injury then you should take the following action:
 
  • If they have a red eye or pain in the injured eye that doesn’t go away within a short period of time or if there are any changes to your vision (blurriness, floaters) then you should consult your G.P. urgently.
  • If your child gets a foreign object in their eye, such as sand, sawdust or metal shavings, don’t rub it. Flush the eye for several minutes with lukewarm water. If it still feels like there is something in there, consult your G.P. immediately.
  • If your child has been hit in the eye and it looks swollen or appears to be bleeding or if they complain of any loss or disruption of vision you should make your way to the A&E immediately. 
It is important to remember that an eye injury left untreated can have serious complications such as loss of vision so it is imperative to check with your G.P. or ophthalmologist. 

More questions

Children's glasses are subjected to a lot of 'wear and tear', follow our stpes to ensure your child gets the most out of their glasses.
Common eye complaints for children and teens include myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism.
Read more about what is involved in a comprehensive eye exam.
Teenage bodies are constantly growing and changing and during this time, eyesight is liable to change seemingly overnight.
A scratched cornea can be painful but is usually not serious.
Selecting the right pair of glasses for your child is important as they need to be durable but your child also needs to be happy to wear them. 
Children's eyes are sensitive so it is vital to protect them from the sun's harmful rays.
Your young child can have their eyes tested even if they can't read
Regular eye exams are essential in order to monitor your child's eyesight.
There are some signs to watch out for if you think your child may have a vision problem. 

Latest

Trending

Hello Mama!
Help us help you by allowing us and our partners to remember your device as having browsed MummyPages and serve you better content and ads

We're on a mission to help our mums and their families thrive by informing, connecting and entertaining.

Join us in our mission by consenting to the use of cookies and IP address recognition by us and our partners to serve you content (including ads) best suited to your interests, both here and around the web.

We promise never to share any other information that may be deemed personal unless you explicitly tell us it's ok.

If you want more info, see our privacy policy.