Emergency Eye Care
Most everyone knows exactly what to do if they cut a finger or burn themselves while cooking, but very few know how to handle an eye care emergency! When faced with an emergency situation, it’s natural to panic, but staying calm is important. Call our office and Dr. Andrews will provide you with first aid advice over the phone; if needed, we will also schedule an appointment for you to be seen immediately.
If you need urgent eye care outside of our regular business hours, call our office and we will return your message as soon as we’re able. For injuries that involve penetration of the eye or that cause bleeding or severe pain, call 911 or visit your nearest emergency room for treatment.
Signs That You Need Emergency Eye Care
The American Optometric Association recommends seeking immediate medical attention if you experience any of the following symptoms:
- Burning or stinging
- Double vision
- Lost or decreased vision
- One eye isn’t moving like the other
- Sensitivity to light
- Bruising or bleeding around the eye
- Blood in the white of the eye
- Severe itching
Here are some common causes of eye care emergencies:
Frequently Asked Questions About Emergency Eye Care
Can I go to the emergency room for eye problems?
If you’re experiencing severe bleeding, it’s a good idea to go to an emergency room for treatment. Otherwise, we recommend calling our office before going to the ER. Emergency rooms are not always equipped to diagnose eye injuries and pain, nor do the doctors there have the level of expertise of an optometrist.
What do you do for an eye emergency?
It depends on the type of emergency you’re experiencing, so we suggest calling our office; Dr. Andrews can provide you with advice on your situation. Generally speaking, saline rinses are good for chemical burns and foreign objects, while keeping the eye closed or even bandaging it shut is advisable for scratched corneas.
Is an eye infection an emergency?
All eye infections should be assessed by an eye doctor because even though most are minor, some can be serious and even lead to vision loss.