Did you know that the American Optometric Association recommends that you have an eye exam at least every 2 years? Not enough people visit their eye doctor as they should, or they don’t visit until they have an eye emergency. Eye emergencies include cuts, scratches, objects in the eye, chemical exposure, burns, blunt injuries, infections, blood clots and more. Find out what to do with different eye emergencies and how we can help you!
Not enough people see the eye doctor enough unless they find themselves with an eye emergency. The American Optometric Association recommends that every person see their eye doctor for an exam at least every 2 years, if not more often. If you have refractive eye errors such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, or chronic eye diseases, you should be seeing the eye doctor each year. However, many people don’t have an eye doctor or they wait until eye emergencies happen. We encourage every person to find a good eye doctor in their area so that they know where to go and what to do in an emergency situation. You also want to have excellent care when an accident strikes.
We see eye emergencies all the time and we know what to do in case of emergency. Problems with your eyes are no joke. You never want to wait for your eye to heal on its own is something is wrong—especially if you have a cut or physical injury to your eye. If you wait, your eye emergency could result in permanent vision loss. So, what are common eye injuries that we see?
Not every eye emergency is an injury to the eye. Sometimes infections and changes in the eye over time can even be considered an emergency. You should always monitor your vision and note changes in how well you are seeing. If you suddenly lose vision or it becomes blurry, seek help right away. Your eyes should not have problems or ever be in pain. Pain is a sign that something is wrong as well as blurry vision. Often, the right medicine or treatment can correct eye emergencies before they become more severe. The top eye emergencies we see include:
Many people in contact sports or who get in fights find themselves with a black eye. This happens when there is bleeding under the skin. Your eye might swell and the skin may change color. A cold compress should help, but it always helps to check with an eye doctor on proper healing procedure. A fracture can also result in bruising, so if pain worsens or your eye doesn’t get better, consider getting an x-ray.
You always want to be extremely cautious with foreign objects in the eyes and chemicals. Always wear protective eye wear around chemicals—even when simply cleaning your house. Fumes, aerosols and acids can cause chemical burns on your eyes. Some cause blindness. If you notice your eye is red and no injury or accident has happened, keep an eye on it. If the redness worsens, is painful or brings discharge, you could have an infection that needs medical intervention to get better. Don’t ever wait for redness to go away on its own if it’s been more than 24 hours and your eyes are painful.
In the case of any eye emergency, seek help immediately. Taking action quickly could determine if you lose your sight or if you keep it. If something happens and it causes you to worry about your eyes or your eyesight, call us right away. There is always a doctor on call, so make sure to call us even if it is after business hours.
When you have a foreign object in your eye that is large, don’t try to remove it yourself of you could damage your eye and your vision further. If you have a piece of dust or an eyelash or hair in your eye, eye drops can potentially flush out the small particle causing you pain. If you lose your vision and have an accompanying headache, the cause could be a migraine. Many migraines cause patients to lose their vision for a time. If your vision does not return within the hour, call us right away, or call if you are worried.
If you get a chemical in your eye, flush out your eye with large amounts of clean water or saline. Saline is a salt water rinse. Seek immediate medical attention for chemicals in the eye. If you have any of the follow, call us:
Sometimes, you just can’t avoid eye emergencies. Many of these emergencies happen suddenly, and you must seek treatment from an eye doctor right away. Call Peeper’s Optical for all your eye emergencies at (303) 333-2800!