Signs of an Eye Emergency
Any sudden change in vision or sudden eye pain should be investigated right away by your optometrist. Types of eye emergencies include:
Eye Emergency First Steps
Scratches & Abrasions
Do not rub your eye or apply a bandage. Scratches and abrasions are very susceptible to infection, and rubbing your eye or applying a bandage can increase this risk. It is important to visit your optometrist right away if you suspect a corneal scratch or abrasion, even if it seems minor. Your optometrist will be able to treat the injury to help prevent infection.
Rinse your eyes immediately for at least 15 minutes. Make sure you rinse your eyes for at least 15 full minutes, even if the pain goes away sooner. Any chemical residue that remains can damage your eyes, so it’s important to remove as much of the chemical as possible. After rinsing, seek emergency care.
Trauma or Foreign Object
Do not try to remove a foreign object from your eye, especially an embedded one. Bandage your eye to prevent the object from shifting and causing further injury. After bandaging, seek emergency care.
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