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Eye Emergencies

Our office provides emergency services for eye infections, eye injuries and other eye urgencies.  State of the art equipment allows us to examine the front surface of the eye and also digitally scan the inside of the eye for infection or damage We accommodate many eye emergencies such as: 

  • Eye infections, viral, bacterial, allergic, and "pink eye"
  • Foreign materials stuck in the eyes
  • Eye trauma
  • Scratched eyes
  • Sudden loss of vision in one or both eyes
  • Lost or broken contact lenses or eyeglasses
  • Flashes of light in the vision
  • “Floaters” in the vision
  • Red or painful eyes
  • Dislodged contact lenses
  • Uncomfortable, itchy, or irritated eyes

Studies have shown that an overwhelming number of emergency room visits could have been treated by an optometrist. These ranged from foreign bodies to severe eye allergies to eye infections as the most common reasons for emergency room visits. It is not always necessary to go to an emergency room for eye emergencies. Optometrists are equipped to treat the majority of eye emergencies.

We understand the importance of eye care when you encounter symptoms such as those listed above. These are signs that an immediate evaluation or consultation may be necessary – please call us if you are experiencing an eye emergency of any kind.

Foreign Body Removal

A foreign body is something such as an eyelash, sawdust, dirt, sand, metal, glass, or other object that can sometimes get into the eyes.  Depending on what it is and how the injury ocuurred, the foreign body may pierce the eye. A foreign body, if not treated appropriately, may cause serious injury, infection, scaring, or even loss of vision.

If you are unable to safely remove a small foreign body using an approved eye wash, or if any symptoms persist, or if the injury occured while performing or while being around any environment which may expose you to fast moving particles (hammering, sawing, sanding, blowing, grinding, etc), then you should immediately seek care even if you have minimal or no symptoms.