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Eye Emergency: Ready to Restore Your Vision & Comfort

Eye emergencies can happen when you least expect it and getting the urgent help you need is crucial for preserving your vision.

We provide fast and effective emergency eye care services, ensuring that you receive prompt attention for any sudden vision problems or eye injuries.

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Recognizing an Eye Emergency

Eye emergencies require immediate attention to prevent vision loss or serious damage to the eye. These emergencies can include:

Corneal Abrasions: They occur when the cornea, the clear front surface of the eye, is scratched or injured. This can result from rubbing the eye with a foreign body present, direct trauma, or even from wearing contact lenses.

Eye Infections: Severe eye infections, particularly those accompanied by pain, reduced vision, or light sensitivity, may need urgent care to prevent complications.

Foreign Objects in the Eye: Small particles may be rinsed out, but if an object is embedded in the eye, immediate medical attention is necessary.

Please note that only Spring Lake, Fremont, Norton Shores offer emergency care for corneal abrasions, eye infections and foreign objects in the eye.

Chemical Burns: Any exposure of the eye to chemicals, including household cleaners or industrial substances, requires immediate flushing of the eye with water and urgent medical attention.

Sudden Vision Loss: A sudden decrease in vision or a complete loss of vision in one or both eyes is a critical emergency that requires immediate evaluation by an eye care professional.

Severe Eye Pain: Pain in the eye, especially if it is acute and severe, can indicate a serious problem, such as glaucoma, and should be evaluated promptly.


Preventing Eye Emergencies: Tips & Strategies

Preventing eye emergencies involves taking proactive steps to protect your eyes from injury, infection, and other hazards.

Here are several tips to help minimize the risk of eye emergencies:

arrow-right-3 arrow-right-3 Wear Protective Eyewear:

Use safety glasses or face shields when working with tools, chemicals, or participating in sports that could result in eye injuries.

arrow-right-3 arrow-right-3 Practice Good Hygiene:

Wash your hands regularly, especially before applying or removing contact lenses. Avoid touching or rubbing your eyes with dirty hands to reduce the risk of infection.

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Follow instructions when using chemicals or cleaning products. Store them properly and out of reach of children. Ensure good ventilation to prevent exposure to harmful vapors.

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Regular visits to your eye doctor can help identify potential issues before they become emergencies.

Steps to Take During an Eye Emergency

If you have an eye injury, knowing what to do is important. Don’t judge the severity of the injury on your own. Contact your eye doctor or head to urgent care for assistance.

Here are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to an eye injury:

  • Do not press on the injured eye.
  • Do not remove a foreign body from an eye on your own.
  • Avoid using any sharp instruments or dry cotton on the eye.
  • Cover the eye with a soft, clean cloth or eye patch.
  • Stay calm and seek professional help immediately.

We take emergency eye care appointments to provide you with the immediate care and attention you need.


What NOT to Do During an Eye Emergency

While waiting for professional medical assistance, avoiding actions that could exacerbate the situation is crucial. Here's what NOT to do:

  • Do not touch or rub the injured eye
  • Do not attempt to remove embedded objects
  • Do not try to use dry cotton or sharp Instruments to remove foreign objects from your eyes.

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