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Emergency Eye Care

Red Eyes | Vision Changes | Foreign Body Removal | And More

When accidents happen, proper treatment can make all the difference.

If you need emergency eye care or know someone who does, call now for immediate assistance.

What is an eye emergency?

Eye emergencies can present with varying symptoms. Not all vision changes indicate serious issues, but when issues do exist, they may require immediate action.

If you think you have an emergency, it is best to trust your instinct and get help. Symptoms can start at any time and develop quickly if not treated by a medical professional.

Our team members offer urgent assistance for these symptoms:

  • Eye infections
  • Sudden onset of floaters or flashes of light
  • Full or partial loss of vision
  • Foreign objects in the eye, such as small shards of glass or metal
  • Cuts or punctures of the eye or eyelid
  • Scratches caused by foreign objects
  • Eye pain or swelling
  • Chemical exposure causing pain or vision problems

Can I do basic first aid at home?

In an emergency, there is no substitution for experienced medical care. But here are a few guidelines you can follow in specific emergencies:

  • If you have chemicals in your eyes, flush your eyes with water for 15 minutes and don’t cover the affected eye.
  • If there is a foreign body in the eye, avoid rubbing and try to gently rinse away the debris.
  • If you have sustained a major blow to your eye, use a cold compress to prevent swelling.
  • If your eye or eyelid has been punctured, try to cover the eye. For instance, if you have an elongated object stuck in your eye, use the bottom of a foam cup to stabilize the puncturing object. Do not rinse.

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Acting quickly during an emergency eye situation is critical. If you need emergency help, call us for immediate assistance.