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Eye Emergencies (Pink/Red Eyes)

Red, Pink or Sore Eyes?

We are ready to look after ALL of your eye care needs in one location. In addition to the services you already rely on us for such as routine eye exams, contact lenses. designer frames and eyeglasses - think of your Optometrist first for:

  • sore, red, or itchy eyes
  • treatment of "pink eye" and other bacterial infections
  • removal of foreign bodies from the eye (such as wood or metal)
  • treatment of eye allergies or burns
  • emergency eye care

This is convenient and cost effective for your whole family and you can be sure you are receiving the attention of an eye care specialist.

Eye Emergencies

We are always willing to help, should you ever experience an eye emergency. 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 inside the eye for infection or damage We accommodate many eye emergencies such as:

  • Eye infections
  • Foreign materials stuck in the eyes
  • Eye trauma
  • Scratched 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 is necessary - please call us to set one up if you are experiencing an eye emergency of any kind.

Foreign Body Removal

A foreign body is any piece of matter that does not belong in the eye. Commonly foreign bodies are a small piece of metal or dust that causes symptoms of discomfort and/or pain, sensitivity to light, and redness of the affected eye.

If you suspect you have a foreign body in your eye, you should seek the care of an eye care practitioner immediately.  If an eye doctor is not available, you should proceed to the nearest emergency room for evaluation and treatment.  If left untreated, metallic foreign bodies often rust and cause further damage to the surface of your eye, the cornea.

Typically, an eye doctor can remove the foreign body in the office.  You will be given a numbing drop for your eye to make the removal as painless as possible.  Once the foreign body is removed, it will take 2-5 days for your eye to heal from the injury.  Most foreign bodies leave some scar tissue on the cornea, no matter how meticulously they are removed.  Your doctor can advise you if he or she feels that the scar tissue may affect your visual acuity.

Wearing high quality safety eyeglasses is your best opportunity to prevent injuries to your eyes, such as foreign bodies.


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