From injury to eye disease, an eye emergency is anything that poses a serious risk to your vision or eye health. An eye emergency can occur anytime, and to anyone, so it’s important to know where to go when you or a family member needs help. At Golden Triangle Optometric Center, we’re here for you when you need immediate care.
Call us if you or someone you love experiences the following symptoms:
If we’re closed and you need immediate help, please visit your closest urgent care center or emergency department.
Some of the most common chemicals that cause injury include:
Small foreign objects, like dust or hair, often enter the eye and rarely constitute an eye emergency. The eye’s natural defense system (like blinking and tearing) usually flushes these items out, but occasionally they can scratch the cornea. A scratch may require antibiotics to prevent infection.
Larger and sharper foreign objects, like metal or glass shards, can puncture the eye and pose a significant risk to your eyesight. Never attempt to remove sharp foreign bodies. Instead, call us for immediate help, and while waiting:
If you experience any degree of vision loss, please call us immediately. We can investigate the cause and hopefully prevent further vision loss.
Blunt trauma can cause injuries like:
If you’ve been struck in the face, it’s essential that you see an eye care professional check for hidden injuries that could lead to long-term complications. Even seemingly minor-looking injuries can cause damage to your eye health.
Fortunately, nearly 90% of eye injuries can be prevented by simply wearing safety eyewear:
If you have questions about protecting your eyes, whether at home, work, or play, please reach out to us at any time. We’re always here to help. And certainly don’t hesitate to call us if you or a loved one experiences an eye emergency.