Urgent Eye Exams and Treatment
Eye injury or eye infection can be extremely painful, as well as frightening. If you experience trauma to your eye from a foreign object or chemical substance, or you wake up to see your eye is bright red and oozing, contact our optometry office in Troy, Luverne, Enterprise, or Ozark, AL, for medical assistance from our emergency eye doctor. Do not delay – some types of eye emergencies require immediate care to prevent complications.
Our Emergency Eye Doctor Treats:
- Eye infection
- Foreign object removal
- Eye irritation from a chemical substance
- Extreme eye allergy symptoms
Recognize the Symptoms of an Eye Emergency
It can be difficult to decide if your ocular symptoms qualify as an eye emergency or not. To help you determine when to seek care from an emergency eye doctor, we have prepared the following list of warning signs:
- Stinging or burning that does not go away
- Eye pain
- Irritation or itchiness
- Bloodshot eyes, red or pink
- Foreign object stuck in your eye
- Sudden vision loss, in one or both eyes
- Double Vision
- Burns on your eye or eyelid
- Seeing flashes of light
- New sensitivity to light
- New “floaters” in your field of view
- Sudden changes in pupil size
- Dark shadows gliding across your vision
If you have any of these symptoms, contact our eye care clinic. Our emergency eye doctor will listen to what is bothering you. If you require an urgent eye exam, we will inspect your eyes thoroughly to recommend the most effective, alleviating treatment. If we diagnose a very serious problem that may require surgery or care from an ophthalmologist, we will refer you to a leading medical specialist in the area.
Signs of an Eye Infection (Red/Pink Eye)
A myriad of culprits can lead to eye infections, ranging from viral to bacterial to contact with a harmful substance. Also, people who wear contact lenses are typically more vulnerable to eye infection. If you experience the symptoms of an eye infection, remove your contacts immediately and wear eyeglasses until you visit your emergency eye doctor.
Watch out for:
- Red eyes or eyelids
- Pain in your eye
- Watery, green, yellow, or bloody discharge from the eye (white or creamy colored discharge is common and normal)
- Sensation that something is stuck in your eye
- A white or gray sore on your iris
- Blurry vision or other vision changes
- Increased sensitivity to light
- Fever, with no other cause
Foreign Object Removal
Eyes are very sensitive, and even the tiniest particle of sand or stray eyelash can cause irritation. If a foreign item is stuck in your eye or beneath your eyelid, you can usually remove it safely at home. WARNING: If you suspect that the foreign object pierced your eye surface, it is critical to seek emergency eye care as soon as possible. Any delay puts your vision at risk.
Follow these steps:
- Wash your hands with water and soap
- Look in a mirror to locate the offending object
- Squeeze your eyelids shut tightly and blink to produce tears. This may flush the object out. Do not rub your eyes, which can make the problem worse.
- When the object is behind the upper eyelid: pull your upper lid gently over your lower eyelid. Roll your eye upward to push the object off the upper lid.
- When the object is under the lower lid or in the corner of your eye, use a damp cotton swab or soft cloth to gently remove it.
- Use a cup of lukewarm water to flush out the object. Place your eye over the cup, keep your lids open and rinse. You can also try to pour lukewarm water into your eye.
Your eyes with the delicate care they deserve! If you cannot remove the object, do not continue to try. Contact our emergency eye doctor for immediate help, and we will use specialized tools to remove it.
At Family Eye & Laser, we stay current with medical technologies. Our office is equipped with precise diagnostics – so you receive precise emergency treatment. Contact us to book an urgent eye exam.