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Emergency Eye Care Services

family pyramid - Emergency Eye CareAll Premier Eye Center locations in Boca Raton, Plantation, and West Palm Beach treat your eye emergencies during office hours that require immediate and urgent eye care. If you feel that you sustained an injury to your eye or eyes, it is very difficult to independently judge the severity of the injury and the risk associated with the eye injury. You should immediately seek the opinion of a trained eye doctor to reduce your risk of damaging your vision. We understand ocular emergencies can arise at any time.

Please call Premier Eye Center in Plantation at (754) 212-9311 or Boca Raton at (561) 325-6634 or West Palm Beach at (561) 277-3344 for further instructions.

Eye Safety - Safety Eyewear - Eye Injury Prevention

This short video stresses the importance of knowing the hazards at home and the workplace regarding your eyes. In this video, we review a few actual incidents where people lost part or all of their vision, along with one whose vision was saved by safety eyewear.

Red, Pink or Sore Eyes?

At Eastern Shore Eye Care, our optometrists and other eye care professionals are well-trained to care for all of your eye care needs under one roof.  In addition to all of the eye care services that you have come to rely upon us for, such as comprehensive eye exams, contact lens fittings, designer frames and eyeglasses, please think of our eye doctors as your first stop for:

  • sore, red or itchy eyes
  • treatment of pink eye (conjunctivitis) and other bacterial infections
  • removal of foreign bodies from the eye (such as wood, plastic, metal, dirt etc.)
  • eye abrasions
  • treatment of eye allergies or burns
  • emergency eye care

Eye Emergencies

Should you experience an eye emergency of any type and most severities, our office is equipped to provide emergency eye services for eye infections, eye injuries and other urgent matters affecting your eyes. We have state-of-the-art equipment that permits to examine the surface of the eye and even digitally scan the inside of your eye to check for damage or infection. Symptoms that require emergency service include, but are not limited to:

Symptoms that require emergency service include, but are not limited to:

  • Eye infections
  • Foreign materials stuck in the eyes
  • Eye trauma
  • Scratched eyes
  • Sudden loss of vision in one or both eyes
  • Lost or broken contact lenses or eyeglasses
  • Flashes of light in the vision
  • “Floaters” in the vision
  • Red or painful eyes
  • Dislodged contact lenses
  • Uncomfortable, itchy, or irritated eyes

Things NOT to do while waiting for professional medical assistance:

  • DO NOT press on an injured eye or allow the victim to rub the eye(s).
  • DO NOT attempt to remove a foreign body that is resting on the cornea (the clear surface of the eye through which we see) or that appears to be embedded in any part of the eye.
  • DO NOT use dry cotton (including cotton swabs) or sharp instruments (such as tweezers) on the eye.
  • DO NOT attempt to remove an embedded object.

DO call our office in Plantation, Boca Raton or West Palm Beach, Florida for further instructions!

Studies have shown that an overwhelming number of emergency room visits could have been treated by an optometrist. These ranged from foreign bodies to severe eye allergies to eye infections as the most common reasons for emergency room visits. It is not always necessary to go to an emergency room for eye emergencies. Optometrists are equipped to treat the majority of eye emergencies.

We understand the importance of eye care when you encounter symptoms such as those listed above. These are signs that an immediate evaluation or consultation is necessary - please call us to set one up if you are experiencing an eye emergency of any kind.

Foreign Body Removal

A foreign body is something such as an eyelash, sawdust, sand, or dirt can that gets into the eyes. The main symptom is irritation or pain. Depending on what it is and how the injury happened, the foreign body may pierce the eye and cause serious injury or it may simply go away with no long-term problem.

The foreign object may set off an inflammatory cascade, resulting in dilation of the surrounding vessels and subsequent edema of the lids, conjunctiva, and cornea. If not removed, a foreign body can cause infection.

If anything is stuck in your eye for more than a period of a couple of hours, you must immediately cease all attempts to remove it yourself. Keep in mind that the eyes are an extremely delicate organ and any attempts to try anything extraordinary with them can only have negative and adverse results. If the foreign body you are talking about is not bothering you too much, then you are advised to visit an eye doctor to take care of it. If not you may need to call to emergency service of your region.

If there is a foreign body in your eye, such as a piece of grit, your eye doctor may try and remove it. They will put anesthetic eye drops in your eye first, in order to numb it and prevent any pain.

If the foreign body is easy to get to, it may be possible to remove it by simply rinsing your eye with water, or by wiping it away with a cotton wool bud or triangle of a card. However, if this is unsuccessful, your eye doctor may try and remove the foreign body by lifting it out with the tip of a small metal instrument.

The foreign body could be stuck underneath your upper eyelid, especially if you can feel something there, or you have scratches or grazes (abrasions) on the top half of the transparent outer layer of your eye (cornea). If this is the case, it may be necessary to gently turn your eyelid inside out in order to remove the foreign body.

Once the anesthetic eye drops have worn off, your eye may feel a bit uncomfortable until your abrasion heals.

Whatever is happening with your eyes or if you suffer or even suspect that a foreign body has penetrated the outer eye layer better go without delay to the nearest treatment center. Doing nothing can lead to loss of vision, premature cataracts and damage to the retina so do not take any chances, a delay is dangerous.

DO call our office in Plantation, Boca Raton or West Palm Beach, Florida for further instructions!

Plantation 754-212-9311
Boca Raton 561-325-6634
West Palm Beach 561-277-3344