Emergency Eye Exam
Some eye conditions require an urgent examination and treatment. Most patients with an eye emergency will be seen the same day, and all patients will be seen within 24 hours. An emergency exam consists of the same components as a comprehensive exam, with careful attention to the areas of concern. Treatment will be discussed with the patient and close follow up arranged depending on the severity of the condition.
Here are some tips to remember in the case of an eye emergency – DO NOT:
- DO NOT press or rub an injured eye.
- DO NOT remove contact lenses unless rapid swelling is occurring.
- DO NOT remove a foreign body that appears to be embedded in any part of the eye. Get medical help immediately.
- DO NOT use cotton swabs, tweezers, or anything else on the eye itself. Cotton swabs should only be used on the eyelid.
When to contact an eye doctor immediately:
- There appears to be any visible scratch, cut, or penetration of the eyeball.
- Any chemical gets into the eye.
- The eye is painful or red.
- Nausea or headache accompany the eye pain.
- There is any change in vision (such as blurred or double vision).
- There is uncontrollable bleeding.
- If there is a chemical injury and the contacts did not come out with the water flush, or you cannot get them out get prompt medical help.
Please contact our office immediately at 206.242.8545 during office hours to schedule an emergency eye exam
Our staff will work with you to schedule your emergency eye exam appointment as soon as possible. State of the art equipment allow us to examine the front surface of the eye and facial areas around the eye for infection or injury. After assessing the extent of the injury or infection a treatment plan will be formulated and explained to you. Treatment may include medications and supportive care. Follow-up visits to monitor your recovery will be scheduled as needed.