Emergency Services

It is important to seek medical attention for any eye or eyelid injuries, foreign bodies in the eye, or sudden changes in vision. The eye is easily damaged and even minor cuts, scratches, and irritation can lead to vision loss if left untreated.

What are emergency services?

An eye emergency is any type of injury or eye condition that places vision at risk. Emergency services are available to deal with everything from eye irritation to corneal abrasion and discharge from the eyes. Any sudden injury or symptom should prompt an emergency eye care visit.

Why are emergency services needed?

Emergency care is necessary in the following situations:

  • There is a visible scratch or cut on the eye. 
  • The eyes have been exposed to a hazardous chemical. 
  • Eyes are painful, itchy, and red and are not relieved with over-the-counter products. 
  • Eye pain is accompanied by a headache or nausea. 
  • Bleeding or discharge around the eye. 
  • There is a sudden change in vision. 
  • Eyes are suddenly more sensitive to light. 
  • Foreign bodies stuck in the eye
  • Flashing lights in vision

These symptoms may be caused by a blow to the eye, a work-related accident, debris entering the eye, direct trauma, or progression of eye diseases.


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