Eye injuries can range from relatively minor, for instance getting dish washing liquid in your eye, to penetrating injuries with a sharp object like scissors leading to blindness. Optometrists deal with superficial eye injuries. These are eye injuries that take 24-72 hours to heal. Eye injuries can be treated with eye drops to prevent infection and oral analgesia (painkillers) to treat pain. Optometrists will refer people with more serious eye injuries to ophthalmologists.
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