Blunt Eye Injuries
Symptoms depend on what parts of your eye are injured.
A lot of blunt eye injuries just involve the eyelids and tissue around your eye. This can result in:
Sometimes, your eyeball is damaged. You could have scratches on your cornea (the clear layer over the center of your eye). The lens can be knocked loose. You could have bleeding inside your eye. The thin layer at the back of your eye that forms images (the retina) can be torn loose (detached retina). Sometimes, your eyeball even splits open. Eyeball injuries can cause pain and the following:
Sometime blunt injuries push your eyeball in so hard it breaks the thin bones at the back of your eye socket. This is called a blowout fracture, which causes pain and sometimes:
Your doctor will check your vision and do an eye exam. If you have a lot of swelling, it can be hard for the doctor to examine your eye. You may need to go to an ophthalmologist (a doctor who specializes in eye problems) right away. The ophthalmologist will examine your eye with special instruments and may order a CT scan to get more information.