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Pink Eye & Other Eye Emergencies

Being prepared is crucial when an eye emergency strikes, especially when dealing with conditions like pink eye (conjunctivitis). At Eye Care One, we understand the importance of immediate attention and are here to provide emergency eye care services.

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Eye emergencies could result in permanent eye damage or vision loss.

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Common Eye Emergencies

  • Eye infections
  • Eye allergies
  • Foreign objects lodged in the eye (treated at Aiken Richland)
  • Eye trauma
  • Scratches on the eye
  • Sudden loss of vision in one or both eyes
  • A lost contact lens in the eye
  • Shattered eyeglass lenses
  • The sudden appearance of light flashes or floaters
  • Exposure to chemicals in the eye

Addressing Pink Eye (Conjunctivitis)

Pink eye, an eye infection, may not always require immediate emergency eye care. However, if you suspect conjunctivitis, you must see your eye doctor promptly for a diagnosis and treatment.

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Eye Symptoms That Need Urgent Attention

If something gets into your eye, avoid rubbing it, which can lead to further complications. Instead, attempt to flush out the foreign body with water or saline solution. If unsuccessful, seek urgent eye care to avoid serious injuries or infections.

In cases of a foreign body penetrating the eye or if there's blood or discharge, immediately contact your eye doctor, who may recommend visiting the emergency room.

What to Do in an Eye Emergency

Feel free to call us if you need clarification on whether your situation qualifies as an emergency. Timely treatment is essential to prevent vision loss and serious complications. In the meantime, keep the following rules in mind before seeking professional help:

  • Avoid pressing on or rubbing an injured eye
  • Refrain from attempting to remove a foreign body on your own
  • Don’t use dry cotton or sharp instruments near the eye
  • Do not try to remove an embedded object

Please use your discretion and visit an urgent care center if necessary. Your eye health is our priority, and we are here to provide exceptional care when you need it the most.

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