Open Your Eyes to Grand Rapids Ophthalmology

by | Feb 19, 2016 | Eye Care

Most people agree that eyesight is one of the most precious senses that a person can have. You can see the proof of that just about every day in people closing their eyes and ducking to protect them against anything flying towards their face. Haven’t you ever closed your eyes in a car when a scary-to-you, situation occurs? But what if the worst happens and you are involved in a situation or accident leaving you with an eye injury to one or both of your eyes? That’s where Grand Rapids Ophthalmology of Grand Rapids, MI comes in.

What is Ophthalmology?

Ophthalmology is the medical science of eye care, to put it in layman’s terms. Ophthalmologists are medical or osteopathic doctors who have chosen to specialize in taking care of people’s eyesight through both routine care and/or surgery, if necessary. Ophthalmologists have graduated college and studied a further eight years in order to become the people who handle fitting people with corrective lenses, diagnosing and treating eye diseases, and remedying eye injuries. And here in Grand Rapids, MI, you get to have the opportunity of using the services of some of the best ophthalmologists in the country.

Types of Eye Injuries

When people think ‘eye injury’, they immediately think of something penetrating the eye. But there are less overt instances that can cause eye damage. Chemical exposure and/or burns, such as a liquid splashing in the eye, is one. Things like liquid soap, fumes from cleaning products, or even aerosol-delivered liquids like hairspray can hurt your eyes. Corneal abrasions can happen when an eye is poked by a tree branch, a toy, etc. Traumatic iritis can occur when an eye takes damage from a blunt object, like a fist or a car’s air bag. Or a foreign body like sand, dust, or other air-borne particle landing in the eye can irritate and hurt. Fortunately, here in Grand Rapids, MI you have treatment easily and readily available through Grand Rapids Ophthalmology.

When to Seek Care

Generally, if your eye is bothering you and you can’t get it to feel better in a short amount of time, or if you are experience pain in it, or are unable to see out of the affected eye, or if the eye doesn’t look ‘right’ in the mirror to you, then you should call us right away for your eye injury. For yourself, you don’t even need to be sure if it’s serious or not; you should call us if you have any questions because an eye problem can be made worse with inadequate help – or no treatment at all. However, in the event of an eye injury to children, don’t wait – an examination of the affected eye should be done as immediately as possible.

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