You cannot afford to gamble with your vision. If something about your eyes does not seem right, it is crucial that you seek help right away.

At SJEA, we always do our best to accommodate emergency appointments. If you find yourself in an eye emergency, contact us immediately. Our team will discuss your situation with you and help determine the best course of action.

Signs of an Eye Care Emergency

If you experience any of the following symptoms, you should seek help as soon as possible.

  • Excessive tearing
  • Sudden loss of vision
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Eye pain
  • Sudden change in flashes and floaters
  • Vision loss
  • Visual disturbances
  • Double vision
  • Swelling
  • Itching, burning, or irritation

Common Eye Emergencies

Foreign Object

If there is a foreign object embedded in the tissue of your eye, do not touch it. Seek immediate attention.

If the object is just sitting on your eye’s surface, you may be able to remove it yourself. Try flushing your eye out with clean, cool water. If, after a few moments, the water has not washed the object away, try moistening the tip of a clean cotton swab with clean water and gently touch the swab to the object. If the object does not stick to the swab, seek medical attention to have it removed.

Do not use tweezers or any other tool to remove the object. Do not rub your eye.

Chemical Exposure

Your eyes are made of delicate tissues that can be irreparably damaged by chemicals; even ones as commonplace as simple cleaning products.

If any chemical comes into contact with your eye, flush it out with cool, clean water for at least 15 minutes. Your eye may feel fine after a few moments, however, it is absolutely crucial that you continue to rinse it for the full 15 minutes. This is the only way to ensure that as much of the chemical has been washed away as possible.

Once you have finished rinsing your eye, immediately seek medical attention.