Have an Eye Emergency? We Can Help

Have an Eye Emergency? We Can Help

When you have an eye emergency, your first impulse may be to visit your physician as soon as possible to seek emergency medical care. While it’s a good instinct, most physicians will refer you to an optometrist for expert eye care. At our center, we’re highly experienced and uniquely equipped to diagnose, triage, and treat eye emergencies of all types. However, until you make it your emergency eye appointment, there are some things you can do to avoid making your condition worse.  

What Is an Eye Emergency?

As with most types of emergencies, those that involve your eyes can include a wide variety of different situations. For example, sudden deterioration or loss of eyesight, burning sensations in one or both eyes, pain, extreme light sensitivity, and more are all situations in which emergency treatment may be necessary. If you experience these or other complications with your eyesight, or if you sustain an injury to one or both eyes, then scheduling an emergency eye exam should be your top priority.

What to Do

The symptoms you experience depend on the exact nature and severity of your emergency. Therefore, what you should do depends on your specific situation. For instance, if you get a harmful chemical in your eye, then you should flush it out with cold water as soon as possible and remove your contacts, if you have any. Yet, if a small piece of metal or glass is accidentally lodged in your eye, then you should leave it where it is until you can seek medical attention. The most important thing to do in any emergency is to schedule a visit with your optometrist as soon as possible and avoid causing your eye further irritation.

Schedule an Emergency Eye Appointment

Eye emergencies come in many forms. If you experience one, then these tips can help you minimize any damage to your eyesight until you can make it to your emergency eye appointment. To schedule an eye exam, call Kirkwood Eye Center in Southlake, TX, today at (817) 416-2010.

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