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Eye Emergencies (Pink/Red Eyes)

Where Should You Go For An Eye Emergency?

Most eye emergencies are best cared for at your Optometrist and do not require a visit to your local emergency care facility or emergency room. Your Optometrist in Newport News VA provides emergency treatment for a wide variety of eye emergencies including

  • Pink Eye
  • Removal of foreign bodies stuck in the eye (sand, wood, metal)
  • Severe Dry Eyes and Severe Eye Allergies
  • Trauma to the eye
  • Scratched or cut eye
  • Eye infections
  • Sudden vision loss/double vision/floaters
  • Pain in or around the eye, including pressure in the back of the eye.

If you are unsure about the status of your eye emergency call us immediately Call Us! 757-337-4544

man with eye pain in Newport News

Somethings stuck in my eye!

All too often we get things stuck in our eye. From dust to pieces of wood, metal, and even chemicals. In the event of a chemical flush your eye out with water and make your way to the nearest emergency eye care facility. During business hours call our practice to make sure that our eye doctor Dr. Cassis can fit you in. For dust and sand use the instructions below or visit our practice.

Asian teenager with dry eyes

Is Your Dry Eyes Or Allergies Making You Miserable?

Don't let severe dry eyes and eye allergies get you down, our optometrist uses the latest technology and treatment options to provide relief from dry eyes disease and eye allergies. So if allergies are leaving you feeling down, call Dr. Cassis and the friendly eye care team at N2 Eyes for fast relief!

Newport News child with pink eye or conjunctivitis

Is Pink Eye An Emergency?

Pink Eye is the general term used for the inflammation of the conjunctiva that lines the eye. There are many causes for Pink eye including dry eyes, allergies, eye infections (bacterial eye infection and viral eye infections), Chemicals or smoke. Because some of the causes for pink eye (such as bacterial eye infections) are highly spreadable, you should visit your optometrist immediately for treatment.

Removing Objects Stuck In Your Eye

One of the most common eye emergencies is having something stuck in your eye, or something stuck in your child’s eye. In almost all situations, following some simple instructions will ensure that no long term damage will result. In many cases you will be able to remove the stuck object at home, in the case where the object is not coming out, call us to schedule an emergency eye exam today.

Note: Chemicals in the eye, sharp objects like glass and metal, objects stuck accompanied by blood are medical emergencies and should be seen by an eye doctor or emergency care facility right away.

For all other situations:

  • Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water.
  • Remove contact lenses if you are wearing them.
  • Do not rub your eyes as that increases the risk of scratching them.
  • Look in the mirror or have someone else try to identify where the object is.
  • If it is located in the top eye lid, the most common place, place the side of your head and eye in a container of water and open and close your eye. If this doesn’t work gently fold your upper eye lid and try moving it gently with a cotton swab or rinsing with luke warm tap water. You may also place your upper lid over your lower lid to loosen the object.
  • If the object is still stuck anywhere else, gently rinse with room temperature water. If the object is stuck in a child’s eye, have one adult hold the eye open and the other pour water from a cup.

How To Prevent An Eye Emergency

Here are some handy tips to prevent injuries to your eyes: Protective glasses can prevent 90% of injuries.

  • Children should wear glasses made of non breakable material such as Polycarbonate Lenses.
  • Protective eye wear should be worn during any dangerous activities:
    • Mowing the lawn, wood work, construction, cleaning with chemicals.
    • Sports, such as Baseball, Hockey, Fishing.
  • Wear protective goggles when working with any chemicals.
  • Teach kids to carry pointed objects safely.
  • Teach children the importance of eye safety when using toys with projectiles such as BB guns.
  • Wear sunglasses to protect eyes from UV light, wear computer glasses that filter harmful blue light.
red, itchy, stinging pink eyes? It could be pink eye

Contact Lens Care

Contact lenses can be a cause of eye infection, eye pain and more if not cared for correctly. Make sure to get proper instructions and direction from your optometrist for contact lens care, as every style of contacts has different steps for care.

Eye Emergencies In Children

An eye emergency in a little child or toddler can be scary as they are unable to verbalize exactly what they are feeling. We recommend bringing in any young child right away for an emergency eye exam with our Optometrist Dr. Cassis.

Changes To Your Vision

Sudden changes to your vision include; blurred vision, double vision, eye pressure, sudden vision loss, night vision loss, and floaters. Any of these symptoms should be brought to the attention of our eye doctor, Dr. Cassis, to rule out potential eye diseases such as Glaucoma.