Emergency Eye Care
Visit Us if You Are Experiencing an Eye Emergency
We provide similar diagnostic and treatment services to what you’d find in a hospital emergency room, only without the long wait that comes with it.
If you are experiencing an eye emergency, come visit us for immediate treatment.
What is an Eye Emergency?
An eye emergency is any instance where you have a chemical, foreign body, or some type of injury that causes pain. This can range from a chemical burn to taking a baseball to the eye.
Flushing Your Eye at Home
If you have a chemical or a foreign body in your eye, we recommend an eye flush. This will hopefully remove the chemical/foreign body and prevent further damage to your eye.
Flushing your eye is fairly simple:
- Tilt your head up so your nose is facing the ceiling
- Hold your eyelid open using your fingers
- Gently rinse your eye with cool, clean water (do not use dirty water, or water from a pool/lake)
Flush your eye for at least 10 minutes. Due to the way your eye sits in your head, as well as the interactions from your eyelid while blinking, there is the potential for some of the contaminant to have found its way underneath your eyelid.
Important Information About Eye Emergencies
Signs You May Be Experiencing an Eye Emergency
You should seek immediate medical treatment if you are experiencing any of the following:
- Pain emanating from one or both eyes
- Loss of vision
- Blurred or hazy vision
- Inability to move one or both eyes
- Double vision
- Bleeding from one or both eyes
- Bruising around the eye (aka, a black eye)
- Sensitivity to light
- Flashes of light or floaters
Symptoms of Chemical Burns
Chemical burns on the eye are one of the most common eye emergencies that we treat. Depending on the chemical, it may not be immediately obvious that you are experiencing a chemical burn.
- Pain (stinging, burning)
- Swelling of the eye or surrounding eye tissues/eyelids
- Redness and significant irritation
- Watery eyes
- Blurred vision
- Inability to keep eye comfortably open
Do not wait if you have a chemical in your eye- visit us immediately.
Your eyes are delicate organs that can be easily damaged. Immediate treatment is your best bet for a quick recovery and for staving off unnecessary vision loss.