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Eye Emergencies

We are ready to look after ALL of your eye care needs in one location. In addition to the services you already rely on us for such as routine eye exams, contact lenses. designer frames and eyeglasses – think of Dr. Wilson first for:

  • sore, red, itchy eyes, or eye allergiws
  • treatment of “pink eye” and other bacterial, or viral infections
  • removal of foreign bodies from the eye (such as wood, metal or sand)
  • treatment of chemical splash or burns
  • urgent or emergency eye care

This is convenient and cost effective for your whole family and you can be sure you are receiving the attention of an eye care specialist.

Eye Emergencies

We are always willing to help, should you ever experience an eye emergency. Dr. Wilson provides emergency services for eye infections, eye injuries and other eye urgencies. State of the art equipment allows us to examine the front surface of the eye with a microscope to remove objects that are not visible otherwise. We accommodate many eye emergencies such as:

  • Eye infections
  • Foreign materials stuck in the eyes
  • Eye trauma
  • Scratched eyes
  • Sudden loss of vision in one or both eyes
  • Lost or broken contact lenses or eyeglasses
  • Flashes of light in the vision
  • “Floaters” in the vision
  • Red or painful eyes
  • Dislodged contact lenses
  • Uncomfortable, itchy, or irritated eyes

Studies have shown that an overwhelming number of emergency room visits could have been treated by an optometrist. These ranged from foreign bodies to severe eye allergies to eye infections as the most common reasons for emergency room visits. It is not always necessary to go to an emergency room for eye emergencies. Optometrists are equipped to treat the majority of eye emergencies and have far more training than the usual medical staff at urgent care or the emergency room.

We understand the importance of eye care when you encounter symptoms such as those listed above. These are signs that an immediate evaluation or consultation is necessary. Please call us to set an evaluation if you are experiencing an eye emergency of any kind.

Foreign Body Removal

A foreign body is something such as an eyelash, sawdust, metal, wood, sand, or dirt that gets into the eyes. The main symptoms are irritation, tearing, light sensitivity and pain. Depending on what it is and how the injury happened, the foreign body may pierce the eye and cause serious injury or it may simply go away with no long-term problem. With foreign body removal, Dr. Wilson often times prescribes antibiotic and/or steriod drops to be used for a day or two to prevent an infection.

The foreign object may set off an inflammatory cascade, resulting in dilation of the surrounding vessels and subsequent edema of the lids, conjunctiva, and cornea. If not removed, a foreign body can cause infection.

The foreign body could be stuck underneath your upper eyelid, especially if you can feel something when you blink. If this is the case, it may be necessary for Dr. Wilson to gently turn your eyelid inside out in order to remove the foreign body.

Anaesthetic eye drops are used so that you will not experience discomfort during Dr. Wilson’s procedures.

If anything is stuck in your eye for more than a period of a couple of hours, you must immediately cease all attempts to remove it yourself. Keep in mind that the eyes are an extremely delicate organ and any attempts to try anything extraordinary with them, may only have negative and adverse results. If Dr. Wilson is not available, immediately go to urgent care or the emergency room.

Whatever is happening with your eyes or if you suffer or even suspect that a foreign body has penetrated the outer eye layer better go without delay to the nearest treatment center. Doing nothing can lead to loss of vision, premature cataracts and damage to the retina so do not take any chances, delay is dangerous.

 

Source: Removing a Foreign Body from Your Eye, article by CareEyeEasy.com. All rights reserved. Reproduction other than for one-time personal use is strictly prohibited.