Urgent Eye Care in Denver, CO
Visit Our Optometrist for Treatment for Eye Infections and Injuries
Eye injuries and eye infections can be frightening. They are often accompanied by scary symptoms, such as bloodshot eyes and blurred vision. However, there is no reason to panic or always rush to the emergency room! At Peepers Optical, we have an on-site optometrist Monday to Saturday who is qualified to provide emergency eye care in our modern eye doctor’s office in Denver, Colorado.
The most common reasons that people seek emergency eye care services are:
- irritation from a foreign substance,
- chemical in the eye,
- eye infection,
- blunt eye injury, and
- foreign objects stuck in the eye.
We have state-of-the-art equipment and advanced optometric technology to ensure that you receive a precise diagnosis and the best treatment possible. In the event of an eye injury or infection, contact us immediately for an eye exam.
What are Common Symptoms of an Eye Emergency?
- Stinging or burning
- Irritation, pain, or itchiness
- Red or pink eyes, with our without discharge
- Foreign object stuck in your eye
- Burns in or near the eye
- Sudden vision loss, in one or both eyes
- New “floaters” in your field of view
- Sudden changes in pupil size
- Double Vision
- Dark shadows gliding across your vision
- Seeing flashes of light
- New sensitivity to light
If you experience any of the above symptoms, contact an optometrist for immediate assistance. You Can Call Us Toll-Free: (303) 223-0401.
If you are diagnosed with a serious medical condition that requires surgical care or the attention of an ophthalmologist, we will refer you to a top specialist in the Denver, CO, area. Do not wait – immediate treatment for eye emergencies can prevent vision complications! Don’t put your vision at risk.
What are the Signs of an Eye Infection?
The typical signs of an eye infection include:
- Red eyes or eyelids
- Pain in your eye
- Watery, yellow, green, or bloody discharge from the eye
- A white or gray sore on your iris
- Sensation that something is stuck in your eye
- Increased sensitivity to light
- Blurry vision, or other vision changes
- Fever, with no other cause
If you experience any of the above symptoms, we recommend that you contact our Denver eye doctor for evaluation.
What Causes Eye Infection?
A wide range of problems can lead to eye infection. Contact with chemicals or a foreign object, even something mild or small, can cause irritated eyes that may become infected. A minor eye injury, such as a scratch on the surface of your cornea (or on your eyelid) can also result in infection.
Wearing contact lenses that have not been disinfected properly is a classic culprit for eye infections. If you wear contacts and you suspect that your eyes are infected, remove your lenses and wear eyeglasses until you visit our eye doctor for an eye exam and treatment.
What Happens When a Foreign Body is Stuck in My Eye?
Your eyes are very sensitive. When any foreign object gets stuck in your eye, you’ll experienced some irritation – even if the object is as small as a grain of sand or an eyelash. In response to the foreign body, the blood vessels of your eye will dilate. Your eyelids, conjunctiva (mucous membrane over your eye surface), and cornea may swell. The longer this object stays in your eye, the higher your risk of developing an eye infection.
If an eyelash, particle of dirt, or other mild object is stuck in your eye, try these steps to remove it:
- Wash your hands with soap.
- Look in a mirror to locate the object.
- Blink and squeeze your eyes to generate tears, which may flush the object out. (Do not rub your eye!)
- If the object is stuck under your lower eyelid or in the corner of your eye, a damp cotton swab may be helpful for removing it.
- If the object is stuck behind your upper eyelid, try to pull your upper lid forwards and over the lower eyelid. Then roll your eye upward, which is often effective at pushing the object off the upper lid.
- Flush your eye with lukewarm water to rinse the object out.
If your attempts to remove the foreign body are unsuccessful, call our Denver optometrist for assistance! Your eyes are very delicate, and persistent attempts to remove the object may hurt your eyes. Our eye doctor is experienced in extracting foreign objects safely, and we have specialized equipment for this purpose. If necessary, we will insert numbing eye drops before performing any procedures, so you don’t experience any additional discomfort.
If you think that the offending object penetrated the outer layer of your eye, never attempt to remove it on your own! It is critical to seek emergency eye care immediately, and waiting to have the object removed can lead to possible vision loss or complications.
We are here to help you with a full range of emergency eye care services in Denver, Colorado!