Ocular Trauma

The fact that injuries to the eye and its surrounding region demand special attention and create great concern for patient and doctor is self-evident when the eye alone is involved, but when other life-threatening injuries are present, the eye injury, seeming slight at the time, might be overlooked. Sometimes, the eyelids might be so swollen that it is difficult to examine the eyes and a serious perforating injury could be obscured. When other injuries are present and an anaesthetic is needed, it is essential that the eyes are examined carefully, if possible under the same anaesthetic. As in the case of injuries elsewhere, those to the eye demand urgent and immediate treatment, and neglect can result in tragedy even though the problem might have at first seemed slight.

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