Emergency Eye Care Specialist

Optom-Eyes Vision Care

Optometrists located in San Diego, CA & El Centro, CA

Eye emergencies happen to everyone, but optometrists aren’t always available to address your concerns. At Optom-Eyes Vision Care in El Centro and San Diego, California, the team is committed to offering you top emergency care, accommodating last-minute appointments and addressing your issues with as much urgency as necessary. To learn more about how Optom-Eyes Vision Care can be your emergency eye care resource, call or go online.

Emergency Eye Care Q & A

What are eye emergencies?

Eye emergencies include anything that severely impacts your eyeball, eyelid, or surrounding bone.

Corneal abrasions

These abrasions typically come from a scratch on the cornea or the clear outer layer of the eyeball. Abrasions of this nature can cause:

  • Pain
  • Discomfort
  • Blurred vision
  • Loss of vision

Orbital Bone Fractures

Damage to the orbit, the socket that protects the eye, can lead to severe complications. Though it is robust, falls, sports injuries or auto accidents can muster enough energy to fracture it. You might experience pain, double vision, or vision loss if the bones in your socket fracture.

Eyelid Lacerations

You should seek emergency eye care if your eyelid gets cut. Depending on the depth and complexity of the tear, you might require surgical attention.

Traumatic Iritis

Iritis occurs when your iris — the color part of the eye that regulates the amount of light your eye receives — is inflamed. Generally, traumatic iritis is caused by blunt trauma, like if your younger sibling or a reckless neighbor pokes you in the eye with a sharp object.

Chemicals/Foreign Objects in the Eye

Foreign objects in your eye can cause nerve damage, vision loss, and, in the most extreme cases, loss of an eye.

Chemicals, on the other hand, can be immediately flushed with cool tap water. Depending on the chemical, however, you might experience irreversible vision loss.

What are eye emergency symptoms?

The symptoms you experience vary according to your emergency. However, some symptoms are clear signs of an eye emergency. These include:

  • Vision loss in one or both eyes
  • Blurred or hazy vision
  • Peripheral vision loss
  • Bleeding in the eye
  • Red, painful, or swollen eyes
  • Flashes of light
  • Black spots and floaters
  • Discharge from one or both eyes

What should you not do while you wait for your appointment?

If you’re experiencing an eye emergency, you shouldn’t do any of the following:

  • Rub or press on the injured eye
  • Try and remove the foreign body yourself
  • Use sharp objects or dry cotton
  • Put your fingers directly in your eye

Eye emergencies can be scary. Thankfully, Optom-Eyes Vision Care is here to make sure you’re covered, even outside of office hours. Call the team immediately if you might be suffering from one to get your eye the treatment it needs.