evaluation and treatment
Emergency Eye Care
evaluation & treatment
Emergency Eye Care
Our optometrists provide emergency eye care services for people experiencing ocular emergencies in Denham Springs and the surrounding areas.
If you or a family member is experiencing an eye emergency, please contact us immediately so that we can help you. While some ocular emergencies warrant an immediate trip to the emergency room, there are many urgent situations we are much better equipped to handle, including eye infections and foreign bodies in the eye.
When Should You Get Urgent Eye Care?
If you get something stuck in your eye, such as metal or wood shavings, we are experienced at safely removing these foreign bodies from the eye to minimize any damage to the eyes. We also treat eye infections, such as conjunctivitis (pink eye).
The American Optometric Association (AOA) recommends seeking medical attention if you experience burning or stinging eyes, one eye not moving like the other eye, decreased vision or double vision, new sensitivity to light, blood on the white part of the eye, discharge from the eye, severe itching sensation of the eye, and new or severe headaches.
If you experience a sudden increase in the number of eye floaters, see flashes of light, or see a dark curtain on the side of your vision, contact us immediately as these are symptoms of retinal detachment, which is a medical emergency.
Steps to Take During an Eye Emergency
To avoid making your eye issue worse, take the following steps when dealing with an eye emergency:
- If your eyes have been exposed to chemicals, flush them with water for 10-15 minutes and don’t cover the affected eye.
- Avoid rubbing your eyes if you have something in them. This will prevent further damage to your eyes. It will also reduce the spread of germs, bacteria, or infections.
- If you have experienced an injury to the area around your eye, apply a cold compress to prevent swelling. Do so gently so as not to irritate your eye.
- Avoid driving if you are experiencing an eye emergency or problems with your vision.
Once you have seen one of our eye doctors for your issue, follow their guidance closely and remain consistent with any home remedies or care plans provided, such as eye drops or compresses. Treatment for eye emergencies can vary depending on the situation, but most issues resolve swiftly with proper care from a qualified eye care professional.
If you are experiencing an eye emergency, contact us for an emergency eye examination and get well on your way to a speedy recovery.