At Orchard Park Optometry, our Optometrists are readily available and qualified to handle minor eye emergencies. After an assessment, you may be referred to an Ophthalmologist or asked to return for a follow-up.
What are the Most Common Eye Emergencies?
- Red, sore, or itchy eyes
- Eye infections
- The removal of foreign objects from the eye
- Eye allergy treatment
- Eye trauma
- Scratched eyes
- Flashes of light
- “Floaters” in your vision
- Sudden loss of sight in one or both eyes
- Dislodged contact lenses
- Double vision
- Pain or trauma to the eye
Many patients are unaware the first place to visit for treatment of an eye emergency is your local Optometrist. Going immediately to the emergency room isn’t always necessary as Optometrists are able to treat various minor eye emergencies.
Removal of Foreign Objects From the Eye
One of the main symptoms of eye irritation or pain can be caused by foreign objects entering the eye such as dust, an eyelash, sand, or dirt. Depending on the object, the discomfort can often pierce the eye and cause serious implications like inflammation, infections, or conjunctivitis (pink eye).
If an object is stuck in your eye for a prolonged period of time, do not try to remove it yourself. Visit your Optometrist immediately. They may refer you to a specialist or ask that you go to the hospital.
If the object is minor, the Optometrist will try and remove it themselves. An anesthetic drop will be put in your eye to numb and prevent pain. In simple cases, an eye rinse with water or wiping with cotton wool will aid in removing the object. In more complex instances, the tip of a small metal instrument may be used. If a foreign body is stuck underneath the eyelid, the lid might have to be gently turned inside out in order to remove the object. When the anesthetic drops wear off, your eyes might feel uncomfortable until the scratches or abrasions heal.
If you notice or feel something in your eye, visit your Optometrist immediately. By waiting, you increase the chances of vision loss or damage to the retina.
At Orchard Park Optometry, your vision is of the utmost importance to us. If you need immediate attention, please contact us online or at (250) 762-2090.
For further questions related to eye emergencies, please visit our FAQ page.