What to Do in An Eye Emergency

Any time you have a potentially damaging eye injury, it’s imperative that you seek emergency eye care. Whether you visit the eye doctor at our optometry clinic in Carlsbad or you go to an emergency room, here are the immediate steps you need to take in an eye emergency.

Protect the Eye

First, you need to protect the eye from further injury. Ideally, you’ll want to use a clean cloth to gently cover the eye area. If you don’t have a clean cloth, then you can use a torn piece of cloth from your clothing, or if that’s not practical, you can have your clean hand over the eye area. Circumstances will dictate what you have available, but remember to cover the eye until you seek emergency eye care.

Contact Your Eye Doctor

The first call you should make is to your Carlsbad optometrist if the situation arose during regular office hours. Your eye doctor will then be able to let you know what you should do next. If the optometry office is closed, proceed to the nearest emergency room. If your eyesight is hindered, don’t try to drive yourself as this could cause an accident. Instead, get a friend or family member to drive you to the eye doctor.

Wash Your Eyes

If you have gotten something in your eye that’s toxic, such as a caustic cleaning fluid or something similar, you’ll need to flush your eye. To do this, you need to wash your hands first to remove any chemicals remaining on your hands. Then, bend over a faucet and have the injured eye facing to the side. Hold your eyelid open and flush the eye with running cold water for about fifteen minutes. Go straight to your Carlsbad optometrist afterward, so you can be examined and treated.

Get in Touch with Us

Your eyes are not replaceable. Taking care of them is a priority. If you experience any kind of an eye emergency, follow the above steps, call 760-678-0008 for further instructions, and visit our eye doctor in Carlsbad at Modern Eyes Optometry.

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