If you would ever experience any of these symptoms it is important to be seen right away. Even with a full schedule, we will accommodate people with urgent needs right away.
An eye emergency occurs anytime you have a foreign object or chemicals in your eye, or when an injury or burn affects your eye area. Eye Emergencies range from infections, to trauma and, if untreated, can lead to loss of vision or other health complications.
Contact us and SEEK IMMEDIATE ASSISTANCE if you have experienced the following:
- Chemical Injury - result when cleaning products, garden chemicals, or industrial chemicals get into your eyes.
- Small Foreign Body in the Eye – something has gotten into your eye that does not dislodge through tear production or easy manipulation.
- Large Foreign Body in the Eye – glass, metal, or objects that enter your eye can cause serious damage. If something is stuck in your eye, leave it where it is.
- Cut or Scratch to the Eye - you need urgent medical care. You may apply a cold compress, but be careful not to apply pressure.
- Sudden Loss of Vision – there are a number of systemic causes for sudden loss of vision that can indicate other health concerns.
- Flashers or Floaters – typically as we age we all experience on occasion, but if occurs more frequent, usually pre-warning signs for more serious eye issues.
- Eye Pain, Redness or Discharge – not associated with any sort of recent trauma or any of the items listed above.
You should not attempt to treat yourself. Although you may be tempted, DO NOT do the following:
- rub or apply pressure to your eye
- try to remove foreign objects that are stuck in any part of your eye
- use tweezers or any other tools in your eye—cotton swabs can be used, but only on the eyelid