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Emergency Eye Care

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Jacksonville, FL

Emergency Eye Care

Eye emergencies can happen at any time, and we are here to provide expert care when you need it most. If you’re experiencing an eye emergency, please contact our office immediately so we can help. While some situations require a trip to the emergency room, our skilled eye doctor at Baymeadows Vision Center is equipped to handle a wide range of eye emergencies, including eye infections and foreign objects in the eye. 

When should you get urgent eye care?

If you experience any of these symptoms, you should seek medical help: 

  • Burning or stinging eyes 
  • One eye isn’t moving like the other eye 
  • Decreased vision or double vision 
  • Increased sensitivity to light 
  • Blood on the white part of the eye 
  • Eye discharge 
  • Severe itching sensation in the eye 
  • New or severe headaches

If you notice an increase in eye floaters, flashes of light, or a dark curtain on the side of your vision, contact us right away. These symptoms could be signs of retinal detachment, which is an emergency that requires immediate care. 

Steps to take during an eye emergency   

When dealing with an eye emergency, it’s important to follow these steps to avoid making it worse: 

  • If chemicals get into your eyes, flush your eyes with water for 20 minutes and don’t cover the affected eye.   
  • Don’t press on or rub your eye. Rubbing your eye can cause further damage and spread germs or infections.  
  • To prevent swelling around your eye after an injury, apply a cold compress. Gently apply the compress to your eyes to avoid irritation.    
  • Avoid driving if you’re experiencing an eye emergency or any vision problems. 

Your eyesight is precious. Don’t risk it by waiting or trying to treat an eye emergency on your own. If you’re currently experiencing an eye emergency, please call us immediately for an emergency eye exam in Jacksonville, FL.