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Eye Emergencies

Emergency Eye Care

Urgent eye exams & treatment for eye emergencies

Whether you suffer an eye injury or wake up one morning to see that your eyes are red and oozing, it can be scary. Many people panic at the sight of their sore eyes! Since eye emergencies can’t always be prevented, our Raleigh eye doctor recommends that you prepare yourself for these unpredictable situations. Our best tip is to immediately contact Fox Eye Care for emergency eye care in Raleigh. We are located conveniently to provide guidance and treatment.

We are your center for emergency eye care in Raleigh

Our optometrists are highly qualified and experienced in treating many types of problems. Using advanced technologies and precise diagnose, we will perform an urgent eye exam to inspect your eyes thoroughly.

Some eye emergencies that we treat are:

  • Eye infection, such as pink eye
  • Irritation from a foreign substance or chemical
  • Extreme eye allergies, with itchy eyes
  • Trauma or injury to the eye
  • Corneal scratches
  • Foreign objects stuck in the eye

How to recognize that you have an eye emergency

Knowing when your eye problem is an emergency and when it is just a minor irritation that will go away by the next day can be tricky. To clear up any confusion, our Raleigh eye doctor encourages every patient to play it safe and always contact us. Our staff will listen to your vision problem and instruct you on how to proceed.

Here is an outline with helpful facts about the most common eye emergencies:

Eye infection – pink eye (conjunctivitis)

While the symptoms of pink eye vary, the usual signs include red eye or eyelids, oozing discharge, a white or gray sore on the iris, the feeling that something is stuck in your eye, blurred vision, and increased light sensitivity. This condition can be caused by either a virus or by bacteria. Leaving bacterial conjunctivitis untreated can lead to serious damage, so in the case of a bacterial infection, our Raleigh eye doctor will usually prescribe treatment with antibiotic ointment or eye drops.

Foreign object stuck in the eye

Nothing should ever be stuck in your eye other than contact lenses. However, small items, like a wood shaving, eye makeup, or a grain of sand, can sometimes become lodged under your eyelid. First try to flush the object out with water or saline. If that doesn’t work, it is important not to rub your eye – and to seek immediate medical assistance. Our Raleigh office is equipped with specialized tools to safely remove foreign objects lodged your eye.

Warning: If you think the item may have pierced the outer layer of your eye, do not try to remove it! Seek emergency eye care immediately, because delaying can lead to vision loss.

Scratched eye – corneal abrasion

A corneal abrasion is a scratch to the surface of your eye, and it can be caused by a number of innocuous items, including your fingernail or the edge of piece of paper. Your eye may turn red and feel like something gritty is stuck in it. Don’t rub your eye, and rinse it with water or saline. Also, don’t insert contact lenses until the abrasion heals. Most of the time, a corneal abrasion will heal on its own without treatment. But because it can also lead to an eye infection, we advise you to visit our center for emergency eye care in Raleigh for an eye exam.

Floaters or flashing

Floaters (spots or squiggly lines) and flashers can be a normal part of aging. But when a bunch of new floaters appears spontaneously, it can also be a warning sign of retinal detachment – for which you need urgent medical attention. At our Raleigh emergency eye care clinic, we will perform an eye exam to identify the cause of your floaters and flashing.

Acute angle closure glaucoma (attack)

A blockage of your eye’s drainage system leads to a glaucoma attack, which is classified as a medical emergency. When left untreated for even a day or two, vision loss can result. If you experience the following symptoms, contact our emergency eye doctor immediately:

  • Loss of vision
  • Headache
  • Blurred vision or seeing halos around the eyes, which can
  • occur due to corneal inflammation
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Profuse tearing

Retinal migraine – loss of vision

A retinal migraine is sight-threatening. The most common symptom is to suddenly lose vision in one eye, which often appears like a dark curtain gliding over your vision. If this happens, contact us immediately for emergency eye care in Raleigh, or visit a nearby hospital emergency room.

Keratitis

Keratitis, an inflammation of the cornea, typically results from wearing contact lenses for longer than recommended for your eyes. Symptoms include pain, blurred vision, or red eye, and immediate medical care is required.

Iritis/ uveitis

Particular systemic diseases or trauma to your eye are the most common causes for this type of eye inflammation. Our Raleigh eye doctor will evaluate your condition to offer the most effective treatment. The symptoms of iritis/uveitis can include:

  • Eye pain
  • Red eye
  • Light sensitivity
  • Loss of visual acuity

We won’t keep you waiting! Contact us for immediate emergency eye care in Raleigh

With fast service, professional precision, and genuine compassion, our eye doctor will assess your ocular emergency to provide treatment. Don’t delay – contact our professionals at Fox Eye Care as soon as possible!

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