Emergency Care Specialist

Insight Eye Care

Optometrists located in Williamsville, NY & Lockport, NY

Few things are more stressful than an eye injury, but knowing where to turn can make a world of difference in getting the care you need. At Insight Eye Care in Williamsville and Lockport, New York, emergency eye care is one of many available services. If you find yourself in need of urgent eye care, call the office right away for advice on your next steps and emergency eye care scheduling.

Emergency Care

What is an eye emergency?

There are numerous types of trauma that can be considered an eye emergency. Any time you get chemicals in your eyes, have a foreign object lodged in your eye tissue, or suffer a burn or traumatic injury to your eye area, you should reach out to Insight Eye Care for immediate guidance.

Swift and skilled treatment is critical to preserving your eye health. Left untreated, many eye injuries can threaten your vision.

What are some symptoms of an eye emergency?

It can be hard to know if an eye problem is a true emergency, but you should always err on the side of caution. Your vision is an essential part of overall health and wellness, obviously, and there’s no need to risk vision loss.

Some symptoms of an eye emergency include:

  • Significant eye pain
  • Sudden sensitivity to light
  • Blood visible in the white portion of your eye
  • Burning or stinging that does not subside
  • Decreased vision
  • Double vision
  • Bruising around your eyes
  • One eye moving differently than the other
  • Bulging eye

This is not a comprehensive list. If you notice any eye discomfort or sudden changes in your vision, call Insight Eye Care for advice on how to proceed.

What should I do to prepare for an emergency eye care visit?

Begin by calling to schedule an eye emergency visit. The specialists at Insight Eye Care are committed to delivering the highest level of emergency care, and will come in on their day off if necessary.

Then it’s a matter of knowing what not to do. Make every effort to avoid touching, rubbing, or otherwise interfering with the affected eye. If there is a foreign body stuck in your eye, leave it in position. If you are able to cover your eye with a clean piece of cloth or gauze, be sure to avoid placing any pressure on your eye.

If chemicals get in your eye, quickly wash your hands before positioning your head over a sink. Hold the affected eye open and flush your eye with cool tap water for at least 15 minutes, removing your contact lenses if needed. If possible, have a friend or loved one call the office to determine your next steps.

If you find yourself in need of emergency eye care, reach out to Insight Eye Care right away.  You can never be too cautious about an eye emergency, and the Insight team can advise you on how to proceed after an injury or chemical burn.