Eye emergencies come in all shapes and sizes, but no matter what sort you are dealing with, you must visit an eye care specialist immediately. Only expert optometrists can locate the exact source and diagnose the effects of your eye emergency on your overall health, so please pick up the phone and call Kniaziew Optometry right away.
Symptoms that require emergency service include, but are not limited to:
Sudden loss of vision
Sudden double vision
Sudden red/painful eye(s)
Styes – a small painful bump on the eye due to a bacterial infection
New onset flashes and/or floaters
Foreign object in the eye (especially metal, glass or chemicals)
Things NOT to do while waiting for professional medical assistance:
DO NOT press on an injured eye or allow the victim to rub the eye(s)
DO NOT attempt to remove a foreign object that is resting on the cornea (the clear surface of the eye through which we see) or that appears to be embedded in any part of the eye.
DO NOT use dry cotton (including cotton swabs) or sharp instruments (such as tweezers) on the eye.
DO NOT attempt to remove an embedded object.
DO NOT attempt to wash the eye out with sink water, rather use a saline solution.