Eye Emergencies

Some eye conditions might require emergency care. If you're dealing with concerning symptoms, such as severe eye pain, vision disturbances, or eye discharge, you may need to seek treatment right away. Located in Port Orange, FL, an optometrist on our optometry team at Total Vision Eye Health Associates can provide you with emergency care. 


What Are Common Eye Emergencies?

Eye injuries, infections, and other eye problems should be taken seriously. Without proper treatment, these conditions could lead to permanent vision loss. Examples of emergencies include:

  • Chemical burns: If certain chemicals come into contact with your eye, they can cause burns that damage your cornea and other tissue in your eye.
  • Foreign object in the eye: Tiny pieces of wood, glass, or other materials could become lodged in your eye. Removing these foreign bodies on your own could lead to injury, so you should contact an optometrist for assistance. 
  • Sudden vision loss: There are several eye conditions that can cause a rapid decline in your vision, such as optic nerve damage or a detached retina. Getting treatment right away can minimize the damage. 
  • Trauma to the eye: Blunt force, penetrating injuries, and other types of injuries can cause significant damage to the eye. Have an optometrist assess the damage and provide necessary care.

How Can You Prevent Eye Injuries?

Eye injuries and infections aren't always preventable, but there are some steps you can take to reduce the risk of an eye emergency. You can keep your eyes safe by taking certain precautions, such as:

  • Wearing protective eyewear: When you're engaging in an activity that puts you at risk for an eye injury, like sports or activities like woodworking, you should use safety glasses or goggles to shield your eyes. You should take similar precautions when working with hazardous chemicals or machinery in the workplace. 
  • Wearing sunglasses: UV rays can harm your eyes and could even burn your cornea. Sunglasses are the best way to protect the eyes from UV exposure.
  • Prioritize hygiene: Make sure you wash your hands regularly and avoid touching your eyes when possible. This can greatly reduce the risk of infection. 

Get Treatment from an Eye Doctor on Our Optometry Team in Port Orange, FL

Don't wait to see an eye doctor if you're dealing with an eye care emergency. Fast treatment can prevent further damage to your eye and reduce the risk of vision loss. Contact us for Total Vision Eye Health Associates if you're concerned about an eye injury. Call us at (386) 767-4449 for more information.

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