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Eye Pain & Eye Emergencies

Occasional discomfort in the eye area is to be expected as we’re surrounded by irritants. However, acute pain or trauma to the eyes should be assessed and treated as soon as possible.

Trauma to the periocular region (around the eyes) can affect not only the eye itself but also the surrounding soft tissues and bone. Trauma symptoms can range from minor bruising to one that requires immediate medical attention.



At FaceRestoration, we understand that an eye emergency can happen at any time. We offer a wide range of treatments for eye pain and eye emergencies, from prescription eye care to surgery. Our award-winning ophthalmic and oculoplastic surgeons will see you as soon as possible to safely take care of everything from consultation and diagnosis to treatment and post-op care.

Severe eye pain should never be ignored and can indicate numerous problems, most of which are treatable when caught early on.

If you’ve suffered from trauma or injury to the eye, symptoms can include anything from mild discomfort to loss of eye function.

At FaceRestoration, our ophthalmic and oculoplastic surgeons are on-hand to assess and treat most eye emergencies in our comfortable clinic.

What is an eye emergency?

Anything that causes significant discomfort could be classed as an emergency. Even small amounts of debris that are a cause for discomfort can soon lead to damage and infection. Any type of unusual trauma (physical injury) should be assessed and treated accordingly to prevent further damage.

What is Eye Socket Trauma?

The eye socket (orbital wall) is made of several bones that join together. Any blunt force injury to the eye area can cause small fractures to the bone around the eye. The most common fracture is of the orbital floor that sits above the cheekbones. The orbital floor acts as a crumple zone to dampen hard impacts. This type of fracture can cause difficulty in eye movements, double vision, and loss of sensation in the cheek area.

What is Eyelid Trauma?

Our eyelids have multiple functions when it comes to protecting our eyes which makes eyelid trauma an eye emergency. The eyelid protects our eyes from debris as well as keeping them moisturised by spreading a tear layer over the sensitive surface.

As the eyelid is made of soft tissues, it is susceptible to bruising and swelling in the event of a physical injury. Bruising and swelling of the eyelids can impair their function, and this can be detrimental to your overall eye health. Although bruising (hematoma) normally resolves with time, it is important to ensure that any loss of function is checked with an ophthalmic specialist.

Lacerations and avulsions (cuts and tears) are also common injuries that should be treated accordingly to avoid further complications such as infection, asymmetry, and severe scarring.

What is Eye Trauma?

Emergencies and injuries can also be harmful to the eye itself. Trauma to the eyes can be caused by mechanical injuries – like blunt force trauma – or chemical agents. We’ve detailed some common eye emergencies below:

Traumatic Iritis – inflammation of the iris is usually caused by a mechanical injury, for example, something poking the eye. It is important to note that any injury of the iris can cause visual disturbances – even after treatment – and FaceRestoration is on-hand to manage expectations and results.

Subconjunctival Haemorrhages – these occur when the small blood vessels that cover the whites of the eye are damaged. Subconjunctival haemorrhages don’t normally cause any loss of vision or discomfort, but it is important to have an assessment to rule out any underlying causes.

Chemical burn – Chemicals in the eyes can cause serious injuries. The effects of various substances on the eye can range from minor irritation to permanent eye damage and even blindness. It is always advisable to seek immediate medical attention after chemical injuries. In addition, the eye should be irrigated thoroughly as soon as possible.

Penetrating eye injury – is damage to the eye’s tough coating. You should seek medical attention immediately. You will undergo a full clinical evaluation and possibly an ultrasound as well. Surgery may be required.

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We will then discuss with you your symptoms and advise you on how best to proceed with helpful guidance on treatments through our expert knowledge and training.

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