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Emergency Services - After Hours Care
You always have access to care. If the problem
occurs during regular office hours, we always save a
few appointments for urgent care that day. If you need
help after hours, simply call the office and follow the
directions to reach a doctor for an emergency consult.
Some Examples of emergencies are:
Eye Infections and Inflammations: When you have “pink” eye it could arise from
different sources. Pink eye can be viral, bacterial, toxic, allergic, inflammatory, or contact lens
related and different medication are used to treat them.
Foreign Bodies - We can remove small particles that have gotten stuck under your lid or
imbedded on the surface of the eyes. If the object is made of metal, it is essential that it be
removed quickly as it can rust and cause significant damage to the vision. This is done in the
office, is painless, and usually results in your feeling much better immediately.
Abrasions - We can treat scratches to the eye caused by fingernails, foreign objects, plant
material, etc. Treatment ranges from a prescription for an analgesic to a contact lens applied as a
Contact lens injuries - Occasionally, a contact lens wearer will put caustic lens cleaner in
their eye, scratch their eye while removing a lens, lose a lens in the eye, or get an infection. These
can cause a great deal of discomfort and it is reassuring to know that help, from your regular
vision care provider - is just a phone call away.
Emergencies - Eye health emergencies do not always occur during working hours. That is
why we provide an after hours emergency phone number. Simply call the office and a phone
message will direct you to an after hours number. We will return your call. If you have not heard
from us within 1/2 hour, place another call. Sometimes cell calls get lost in the air waves. If you
don't hear from us shortly, proceed to the emergency room.
Use the following checklist to determine if you are having an eye health emergency.
If you have any of these symptoms, pick up the phone and call.
Moderate to substantial pain
A sudden loss or reduction in vision
Bright red eye
Flashes of light, new floaters (black specks in your vision) or a curtain appearing over part
of your vision.