Eye Care When You Need It Most
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:
- Vision loss
- Eye pain
- New or severe headaches
- Burning or stinging eyes
- Pupils of different sizes
- One eye not moving like the other
- One eye bulging or sticking out
- Double vision
- Redness and irritation in or around the eyes
- Increased sensitivity to light
- Bruising around the eye
- Bleeding from the eye
- Blood in the sclera (whites of the eyes)
- Discharge from the eye
If we’re closed and you need immediate help, please visit your closest urgent care center or emergency department.
Common Eye Emergencies
Some of the most common chemicals that cause injury include:
- Drain cleaners
- Oven cleaners
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:
- Restrict your eye movements.
- Bandage or cover the injured eye with a paper cup.
- Cover the uninjured eye to help prevent the injured eye from moving.
Sudden Vision Loss
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:
- Bruising and swelling (black eye)
- Cuts on the eyelid or skin around the eye
- Scratches on the cornea
- Detached retina
- Dislocated lens
- Bleeding in the eye
- Blowout fracture
- Globe rupture
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.
Preventing Vision Loss
Fortunately, nearly 90% of eye injuries can be prevented by simply wearing safety eyewear:
- Safety glasses, goggles, face shields, and helmets can protect your eyes at work.
- Shatter-proof plastic eyeglasses and proper sportswear can protect your eyes while playing sports.
- A pair of simple ANSI safety glasses can protect your eyes around the home.
- 100% UVA and UVB filtering sunglasses can protect your eyes from the sun while outdoors.
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.
Come See What We’re All About
Hours of Operation
- Monday: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
- Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
- Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
- Thursday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
- Friday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
- Saturday: Closed
- Sunday: Closed
Tuesday to Friday – closed 1 to 2 for lunch