If you suffer injury to your eye or have the symptoms of an infection, we’ll provide immediate care at Dr. Richard Hults and Associates. Our experienced optometrists are qualified and highly competent in treating a range of eye emergencies. The most common reasons for urgent ocular care are irritation from a foreign substance, severe eye allergies, infections, such as pink eye, and foreign objects lodged in the eye. In the event that you experienced any of these problems, there’s no need to rush straight to the emergency room. We have 5 locations to serve you better. For guidance and the most cost-effective treatment contact us.
Our comfortable office is furnished with cutting-edge optometric technology and a highly skilled team. We’ll examine your eyes thoroughly to diagnose the problem and recommend the most effective treatment. If we diagnose allergies, pink eye or other infections, we’ll prescribe medication to help alleviate your irritating symptoms and resolve the condition. When a foreign substance has come into contact with your eye, we’ll help relieve the discomfort and prevent possible complications to your vision. Our professional eye doctors are certified to expertly remove foreign objects that may be stuck in your eye.
Possible symptoms of an eye emergency that we treat in our offices:
- Eye infections, such as “pink eye” and other bacterial infections
- Red or painful eyes
- Eye trauma
- Broken, lost or dislodged contact lenses
- Eye allergies
- Foreign materials stuck in your eyes
- A scratch to your eye
- Irritable, itchy or uncomfortable eyes
- Sudden loss of vision, in either both eyes or one eye
- Flashes of light in your vision
- “Floaters” in your vision
If you experience any of these symptoms, contact us immediately. Many types of eye emergencies require urgent attention – so don’t delay!
Foreign Object Removal
When something gets lodged in your eye, you’ll feel irritation that ranges from mild to severe, depending upon what the object is. Even a stray eyelash will cause discomfort. Mild irritations often resolve by themselves, with no intervention and no long-term complications. However, depending upon how the object entered your eye, treatment may be needed in order to prevent lasting vision problems. If a few hours pass and you still feel pain, contact us for assistance. If you suspect that the foreign body pierced the outer layer of your eye, immediate medical treatment is critical! It may be dangerous to wait, and rapid action can help prevent vision loss, premature cataracts and retinal damage.
Immediately after your eye is exposed to a foreign body, blood vessels in your eye will dilate. Your eyelids, cornea and conjunctiva may become inflamed. If the offensive object isn’t removed quickly, your risk of infection rises. Eyes are extremely sensitive and delicate, and your persistent attempts to remove the object may cause further damage. Your eye doctor will generally insert numbing eye drops before attempting to remove the object with specialized tools, especially when a simple eye rinse doesn’t do the job effectively. It’s critical to seek help from a trained eye care professional; visit one of our offices for assistance.