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Eye Emergencies (Pink/Red Eyes)

Emergency Eye Doctor Near Me

An eye infection or eye injury can be very painful and require immediate medical treatment. If you experience trauma to your eye from a chemical substance or foreign body, or suddenly find that your eye is red and oozing, contact us to book an urgent eye exam. Our emergency eye doctor in Washington, DC, is trained and experienced in treating many eye emergencies.

We equip our office with the latest diagnostics in order to ensure that you receive precise treatment. If you suffer an eye emergency, contact us as soon as possible for assistance – this is the best way to protect your eyes from future problems and complications.

Your Emergency Eye Doctor in Washington, DC, Treats:

  • Irritation from a chemical substance
  • Removal of a foreign object lodged in your eye
  • Eye infection
  • Eye allergy symptoms

Eye Emergency Symptoms

It can sometimes be hard to decide what symptoms qualify as reason to seek an emergency eye doctor near me. Here is a list of typical signs that you need an urgent eye exam:

  • Irritation or itchiness
  • Red or pink eyes
  • Stinging or burning
  • Foreign object stuck in your eye
  • Pain
  • Double Vision
  • Burns
  • Seeing flashes of light
  • New sensitivity to light
  • Sudden changes in pupil size
  • New “floaters” in your field of view
  • Dark shadows gliding across your vision
  • Sudden vision loss, in one or both eyes

If you experience any of these signs, contact our office to book an appointment as soon as possible. Our Washington, DC, eye doctor will listen to your symptoms and inspect your eyes in order to recommend the most effective, alleviating treatment. If we detect a very serious condition that may need surgical attention or care from an ophthalmologist, we will refer you to a leading specialist nearby.

Recognize the Signs of an Eye Infection (Red/Pink Eye)

Eye infections can be caused by a myriad of culprits ranging from viral to bacterial to contact with a harmful substance. Also, people who wear contact lenses are generally more susceptible to eye infections. If you have an eye infection, it is essential to remove your contacts and wear glasses until you visit your emergency eye doctor in Washington, DC, for an examination. Do not delay, because some eye infections can threaten the health of your lasting vision.

Watch out for these signs:

  • Watery, green, yellow, or bloody discharge from the eye (white or creamy colored discharge is common and normal)
  • Red eyes or eyelids
  • Sensation that something is stuck in your eye
  • A white or gray sore on your iris
  • Pain in your eye
  • Blurry vision, or other vision changes
  • Increased sensitivity to light
  • Fever, with no other cause

When a Foreign Object is Stuck in Your Eye

Any item, even the tiniest stray eyelash or grain of sand, will typically cause eye irritation and pain. If a particle of dirt or other mild object is lodged in your eye or under your eyelid, you can typically remove it safely at home. (Warning:  If you suspect that the foreign body pierced your eye surface, it is critical to seek emergency eye care immediately. Any delay puts your vision at risk.)

Follow these steps:

  1.    Wash your hands with water and soap
  2.    Locate the offending object by looking in a mirror
  3.    Squeeze your eyelids shut tightly and blink to produce tears. This may flush the object out. Take care not to rub your eyes, which can make the problem worse.
  4.    When the object is behind the upper eyelid:  pull your upper lid gently over your lower eyelid. Roll your eye upward to push the object off the upper lid.
  5.    When the object is under the lower lid or in the corner of your eye, use a damp cotton swab or soft cloth to gently remove it.
  6.    Use a cup of lukewarm water to flush the object out. Place your eye over the cup, keep your lids open and rinse. You can also try to pour lukewarm water into your eye.

Remember - treat your eyes with the care they deserve! Eyes are extremely delicate. If you are unsuccessful at removing an object from your eyes, don’t persist. Contact your emergency eye doctor near me for urgent assistance, and we will use specialized tools to remove it gently.

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