If you are experiencing eye pain, we always recommend visiting us in person at Vivid Eye Care to discern whether the situation is cause for serious concern. Eye emergencies typically involve your eyes experiencing damage or distress which can result in a potential loss of vision without proper treatment. If you are experiencing what you think is an eye emergency due to symptoms of pain and irritation, contact us right away — our professional team will be able to get you the help you need.
An eye emergency describes when an external force or other factor causes distress or damage to your eye. Things like embedded foreign objects, chemical burns, eye trauma, and infections can all be considered common eye emergencies.
An eye doctor should be contacted immediately if you are currently experiencing an eye emergency — professional help will be required for treatment in almost all cases of eye emergencies.
Small objects and particles like sand, dust, and dirt are common irritants that are prone to entering your eyes and causing you discomfort. Typically, your eyes do not have any issue removing these objects through the process of blinking or creating tears — if you need some extra help, you can flush your eyes out with clean water.
Larger objects are more dangerous though — they can become embedded in your eye and cause serious damage if not treated properly and promptly. If a large foreign object has entered your eye, do not touch it or attempt to remove it. Instead, remain calm and visit your eye doctor immediately for treatment.
Chemical burns are a serious eye emergency that should be treated immediately. Coming into contact with harmful liquids and gasses can have adverse effects on your vision if not treated properly. The severity of this eye emergency will depend on the pH concentration and the nature of the chemical.
Chemical injuries caused by an alkali are usually more detrimental and more common than injuries from an acid. After your eye has been exposed to a chemical, you may notice moderate to severe pain, sensitivity to light, blurred vision, and the sensation of a foreign body. If you are experiencing a chemical burn, you should:
A blunt impact to the eye or surrounding area can cause severe injury and affect functionality. Some things to keep in mind if you have been struck in the eye are:
If you are experiencing injury from blunt eye trauma, use a cold compress to help stop any swelling and visit your eye doctor immediately.
Eye infections can be caused by many different things — to get a proper diagnosis it is imperative that you visit your eye doctor. By visiting Vivid Eye Care, you can quickly receive effective treatment for any eye infections. One of the most common eye infections we deal with is conjunctivitis, which can cause red or pink eyes.
Conjunctivitis causes inflammation and infection of the eye. This infection can be viral, bacterial, or caused by an allergic reaction — each type of conjunctivitis will require different treatment options to subdue symptoms, but all types will eventually disappear on their own with proper hygiene. In some severe cases, you will need to consult with your eye doctor about treatment methods including taking antibiotics or using eye drops.
If you experience any of the following conditions, it may be beneficial to contact your eye doctor as soon as possible. Many of these emergencies can be treated quickly and effectively if diagnosed early enough. Some more general eye emergencies that may warrant an immediate visit to your eye doctor include:
To reduce the risk of eye emergencies you can get your eyes checked during a comprehensive eye exam at Vivid Eye Care. During an exam, our professional eye doctors will be able to assess your current eye health and discover any latent issues that could arise later as eye emergencies. Book an appointment with us to safeguard your ocular health.