What Constitutes an Eye Emergency?
Eye emergencies, even seemingly minor ones, need to be taken seriously to avoid permanent damage and vision loss. If you or someone you know is experiencing an eye emergency, the team at North Tustin Ave Optometric Center is here to help.
Please call our office right away, and we will do everything we can to get you in for an emergency appointment. If our office is closed, please proceed to the nearest emergency room or call 911.
Both household cleaning products and industrial products can contain caustic chemicals, which can cause serious damage if they make contact with your eye.
If you get something in your eye, it is crucial to seek treatment as soon as possible.
Additionally, while you are waiting for help, rinse your eye with fresh, cool water for at least 15 minutes. This dilutes and helps to remove the chemicals and can help mitigate the damage done.
Small particles like dust or sand can usually be rinsed out of the eye with cool, clean water or a saline solution (such as contact lens fluid). However, if you have gotten something lodged or embedded into your eye, you should seek immediate medical attention.
While you are waiting for medical assistance, do your best not to move or touch your eye since this could cause additional damage. You should also never try to remove an embedded object on your own since you could end up causing more harm than good.
If you experience an unusual change in your eye health or vision, you should see us as soon as possible to have your eyes assessed and treated.
Noticeable changes may include:
- Pain or discomfort
- Decreased vision
If our office is closed, please call 911 or visit your nearest urgent care clinic for prompt treatment.
Falls, cuts, scrapes, and other accidents can cause substantial harm that may require immediate attention. If you have sustained an injury to your face, head, or neck, please give us a call as soon as possible so we can assess your eyes for damage. If our office is closed, please visit your nearest emergency room or call 911.