If you believe you are experiencing an eye emergency, it is best to call our office and provide a technician with detailed information. The technician will confer with Dr. Day to determine the best course of action for your situation.
The best way to prevent an eye emergency, is to be prepared. If you are going to be doing yard work, grinding metal, or other potentially dangerous situations, both at home and at work, wear protective eyewear. Our office carries multiple safety brands that are approved by OSHA. Speak with an Optical Technician for more information.
It is also a good idea to keep a First Aid Kit handy and stock it with a rigid eye shield and commercial eye wash (sterile saline).
Immediately begin flushing the eye(s) with water or any nearby drinking liquid. Open the eye as soon as possible during flushing. Continue flushing for at least 15 minutes. Hold the eye under the faucet or shower, or pour water into the eye using a clean container. If a contact lens is in the eye, begin flushing over the lens immediately. Flushing may dislodge the lens. Do not use an eye shield or patch. Seek immediate medical treatment after 15 minutes of flushing.
Do not rub the eye. Use an eye wash or let your natural tears wash out the particle. Lift the upper eyelid outward and down over the lower lid. If the particle doesn’t wash out on its own, keep the eye closed, lightly bandage, and call our office immediately.
If you get hit in the eye by a blunt object (IE: an elbow, a baseball, etc.) apply a cold compress without applying pressure. Crushed ice in a plastic bag can be taped to the forehead to rest gently on the injured eye.
If the eye is painful, or you experience reduced vision or discoloration (black eye) see medical attention. There could be damage to the inner parts of the eye.
If there is a possible cut or puncture on the eye, do NOT wash the eye out with water. Do NOT try to remove an object that is stuck in the eye. Cover the eye with a rigid eye shield without pressure. The bottom half of a paper cup can be used. Call our office immediately.
If you are unsure if you are experiencing an eye emergency, call our office right away so we can help you determine the appropriate action. If you are unable to reach us within 15 minutes of calling, proceed to the nearest Emergency Room or Urgent Care Center.