When you have an emergency with your eyes, it's important that you work with an optometry professional you trust. At New Vision Optical Boutique, our Wilmette optometrist is proud to provide care for emergency eye problems, as well as follow up care for eye emergency situations that occur outside of our normal office hours. Read on to learn more about eye emergencies.
What Constitutes an Eye Emergency?
When it comes to eye emergencies, it can be hard to know what needs to be treated immediately, and what can wait. If you're unsure about whether you need emergency optometry care, it's best to err on the side of caution.
If you notice any of the following signs of an eye emergency, seek treatment right away:
- Foreign bodies stuck in your eye
- Puncture wounds
- Any issue that causes the loss of vision
- Scratched eyes
- Lost contact lenses that cannot be removed
- Itchy eyes that are not remedied by over the counter treatment
- Chemical substances splashed or spilled in your eyes
Eye Emergency Treatment
When you come to see an optometry professional for emergency eye care, your comfort is a top priority. Your optometrist will assess your situation, and then proceed with a treatment plan. In the case of a foreign body lodged in your eye (such as an eyelash, dust, or a displaced contact lens), the optometrist will first work to remove the object by flushing the eye with water. If this does not work, a numbing solution will be applied to your eye to aid with any discomfort, and then the optometrist will proceed to locate and remove the foreign body directly.
In the case of a scratched eye, our optometrist will examine your eye to determine the severity of the problem. From that point, we'll rinse your eye to ensure that the object that caused the scratch has been removed, and we'll give you instructions for follow up care.
No matter what type of eye emergency care you need, it's important to see an optometrist as soon as possible. Failure to seek treatment for eye injuries can result in an infection and eventual loss of vision. It's also important to seek follow up care with your regular optometrist after you seek emergency eye care.
Call Our Wilmette Optometrist
If you're having an eye emergency, it's important that you go to your local emergency room right away. At New Vision Optical Boutique in Wilmette, we're here to provide follow up care for your emergency. Call our office at (847) 251-3330.