Eye Health

Updated 14 March 2018

Symptoms of an eye injury

Eye injuries can range from minor to very serious, resulting in permanent loss of vision or loss of the eye. Here are some symptoms of common eye injuries.

Each incident of eye injury has symptoms relating directly to it. Here are a few common ones.

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Eye injury symptoms include:

•    Irritation
•    Severe pain
•    Pinkness/redness
•    Decreased visual acuity
•    Conjunctivitis
•    Light sensitivity
•    Drainage
•    Abnormal pH
•    Eye surface abrasions
•    Tearing
•    Blurry vision
•    Watery discharge
•    Foreign body sensation

Treat all eye injuries as potential emergencies, and never hesitate to contact or see an eye doctor immediately.

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Sources: All about visionSports Medicine Australia; Pitch Vision Academy; British Journal of Sports Medicine


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Megan Goodman qualified as an optometrist from the University of Johannesburg. She has recently completed a Masters degree in Clinical Epidemiology at Stellenbosch University. She has a keen interest in ocular pathology and evidence based medicine as well as contact lenses.

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