If you experience eye trauma or get something stuck in your eye, seek emergency eye care immediately. At St. Croix Falls Eye Associates, in St. Croix Falls, Webster, and Frederic, Wisconsin, licensed optometrists Lawrence Tran, OD, and Sandra Dolphin, OD, offer same-day emergency eye care for a variety of common problems. Call the nearest office today to receive emergency eye care, or book your appointment online.

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What is emergency eye care?

Emergency eye care provides prompt treatment for traumatic injuries, chemical burns, and other potentially serious eye-related issues.

If you or a loved one experiences an emergency, contact St. Croix Falls Eye Associates. Making it to the office within an hour of your initial symptoms can help preserve your vision and reduce the risk of complications.

When should I seek emergency eye care?

Contact St. Croix Falls Eye Associates for emergency eye care if you experience any of the following:

  • Sudden vision loss
  • Severe pain or swelling
  • Sudden onset double vision
  • Blunt force trauma
  • Eyelid cuts and tears
  • Blood in your eye
  • Extraocular foreign body lodged in your eye (like a splinter or piece of metal)

Schedule emergency eye care if you experience unusual visual phenomena like lots of floaters, flashes of light, or colored halos around lights.

What should I do if I have an eye emergency?

Here’s what to do in three of the most common eye emergencies:

Extraocular foreign body in the eye

If you get something stuck in your eye, don’t touch, rub, or try to remove it. Contact St. Croix Falls Eye Associates and explain the situation. Your optometrist can get you in for a same-day appointment and remove the object during a quick, outpatient procedure.

Eye trauma

If you accidentally scrape or scratch your eye, rinse it with cold tap water and try blinking a few times. If blinking is painful and the whites of your eyes appear red or irritated, call St. Croix Falls Eye Associates. Minor scratches typically heal on their own, but it’s good to get checked out just in case.

Red, irritated eyes

Red and irritated eyes often occur because of allergies. But, if your symptoms continue for more than a few days, or they occur alongside blurred vision, light sensitivity, or pain, contact your optometrist. These signs may indicate iritis or corneal abrasion.

How are eye emergencies treated?

Treatment of eye emergencies depends on the severity of your symptoms and the underlying cause. St. Croix Falls Eye Associates takes a conservative and minimally invasive approach whenever possible. For example, if you have allergies or an eye infection, prescription eye drops may provide relief.

For more serious problems, like trauma, the optometrists offer surgery.

Call St. Croix Falls Eye Associates today to request treatment for an eye emergency, or make your appointment online.