​What To Do During An Eye Emergency

Eye Emergencies with our Fremont Optometrist

What is an eye emergency, and when should you get emergency eye care? An eye emergency can occur when your eyes are exposed to chemicals, obtain an injury or burn, or struck with a foreign object. Left unattended, your eyes could receive permanent damage.

When Should I See an Eye Doctor?

The right time to schedule an emergency eye exam is when your eyes begin to pain, swell or turn red. Chemicals can damage the eyes beyond repair, and you could lose partial or permanent vision.

What to do if Your Eyes are Injured?

Most people panic in an emergency situation. However, it is important for you to remain as calm as possible. Your quick response to your eye injury could save your vision. Never attempt to treat your own injuries. These are steps you should not take:

  • Never use tweezers or other devices to remove foreign objects from your eyes.
  • Never put non-prescribed ointment or medication in your eyes.
  • Do not apply pressure or rub your eyes, it could irritate your eyes more.
  • Do not try to remove contacts if you feel your eye is injured

Steps You Can Take For Chemical Burns

  • You can remove your contacts only if you have a chemical injury and flushing your lenses with water did not work, or you are in a situation where no immediate help is available.
  • Hands your hands thoroughly with soap and water to remove any remaining traces of chemicals.
  • Flush your eyes with cool running tap water for at least 15 minutes. However, a shower will work just as well.
  • If wearing contacts, and they still in the eye after flushing, attempt to remove them carefully.
  • Be sure to turn your head so that the injured eye is downward and to the side.

Call Warm Springs Optometric Group and Let Our Eye Doctors in Fremont Treat You

After you visit the urgent care or emergency room, you will need to follow up with an optometrist that specializes in eye care emergencies. We are dedicated to helping patients manage and maintain their optimal visual health. Give our office a call at (510) 490-0287, and schedule an emergency appointment.