An eye injury or infection can be both frightening and very painful. When left untreated, many types of eye emergencies can also lead to serious complications that threaten your long-lasting, healthy sight. That is why it is critical to seek urgent eye care as soon as possible!
Our eye doctor, located conveniently in Sugar Land, TX, provides medical treatment for a wide range of eye emergencies. You don’t always need to rush to the hospital emergency room, we are highly qualified and here to help!
Types of Eye Emergencies
The most common reasons that our Sugar Land patients visit for immediate eye care are:
- Eye infections
- Corneal abrasions – scratched eye
- Irritation due to a chemical substance
- Removal of a foreignobject stuck in your eye
- Eye allergy symptoms
No matter what you need, our eye doctor will use advanced and precise diagnostics to assess your condition and specialized equipment to provide the best possible treatments. Do not delay – contact us immediately to schedule an urgent eye exam.
Common Symptoms of Eye Emergencies
It is helpful to familiarize yourself with some of the signs of an eye emergency, so you know when to contact our Sugar Land office for immediate assistance.
- Itchiness that doesn’t go away
- Painful, irritated eyes
- Stinging or burning
- Oozing discharge from your eye
- A white or gray sore on your iris
- Burns on your eye or eyelid
- Foreign body lodged in your eye
- Double vision
- Sudden vision loss or blurry vision
- Sudden changes in pupil size
- Dark shadows moving across your vision
- Seeing flashes of light
- New “floaters” that appear suddenly in your field of view
- New sensitivity to light
Please call us if you experience any new symptoms and are unsure about whether they are eye emergencies. Vision is valuable – don’t take risks with your eyes. We will administer an eye exam, and if we detect any indication of a serious medical condition that requires an ophthalmologist or eye surgeon, we will refer you to a local specialist in the Sugar Land, TX, area.
Pink Eye and Other Eye Infections
Either viruses or bacteria can cause eye infections, such as pink eye/conjunctivitis. A variety of culprits can increase your risk of eye infections, such as:
- Wearing contact lenses that were not properly disinfected
- When foreign substances or objects, even a very small or mild item, irritate your eyes
- A scratched eye (on your eyelid or cornea) develops into an eye infection
If you have an eye infection, our eye doctor will provide the most appropriate treatment, which may include prescribing antibiotic eye drops or ointment.
Treatment for Corneal Abrasions - Scratched Eye
A corneal abrasion is the official fancy name for a scratched eye. This superficial eye injury can be caused by many common objects, such as the edge of a piece of paper, sand blowing into your eyes, or a fingernail. Most of the time, the scratched eye will heal on its own. However, sometimes the scratch can develop into an eye infection.
In the event of a corneal abrasion, you may suffer pain and redness, blurry vision, tearing, and/or a headache. Rinse your eye with saline or water, and don’t rub it or insert contact lenses until it is healed. Contact our eye doctor in Sugar Land to book an eye exam. We will determine if treatment is needed.
Foreign Object Removal
Eyes are extremely delicate. When any foreign item gets stuck in your eye, no matter how tiny, you will feel irritation and your eyes will become bloodshot. The longer this object remains in your eye, the higher your chance of an eye infection.
Tips for safe foreign body removal at home:
- Wash your hands well with soap.
- Look at your eye closely in a mirror to locate the object
- Blink and squeeze your eyes tightly to allow your tears to rinse the object out naturally. Be careful not to rub your eye!
- If the object is stuck in the corner of your eye or under your lower eyelid, it may be helpful to use a damp cotton swab to remove it.
- If the object is lodged behind your upper eyelid, gently pull your upper lid over the lower lid. Once this is done, roll your eye upwards. This simple motion often works to push the object off the upper lid.
- Rinse your eye with lukewarm water
If none of these attempts succeeds in extracting or flushing out the object, call our Sugar Land eye doctor for help! Do not persist, because this may injure your delicate eyes.
WARNING: If you think the foreign object penetrated the outer layer of your eye, do not attempt to remove it on your own! It is critical to seek immediate medical care for this type of eye emergency.
Expert Treatment for Eye Emergencies in Sugar Land
We offer care for eye emergencies – eye injury, eye infection, foreign body removal, a scratched eye, and many more ocular problems that demand urgent treatment.
If you experience loss of vision, double vision, swelling, infection or any eye emergency, contact us immediately for guidance. We’ll help you with the best treatment to prevent complications and promote long-lasting clear eyesight.
Please call our office at: (281) 313-2020 for further instructions. Use your best judgment on urgency, if you feel your need to find the nearest emergency room.