Emergency Eye Care

Jacksonville, FL

At Hanna Eye Care in Jacksonville, we provide emergency eye care services to help protect your vision and long-term eye health. 

If you have an ocular emergency such as an eye infection or a foreign object in your eye, it’s important to seek immediate medical attention from an optometrist who is trained to handle these situations. While some emergencies may require a visit to the emergency room, our office is equipped to handle many urgent eye issues, providing you with the best possible care. Please don’t hesitate to contact our office immediately so that we can help. Even if your eye injury doesn’t seem urgent, we recommend seeking medical attention to prevent any potential complications or vision loss. 

What are the signs of an eye care emergency? 

If something gets stuck in your eye, such as metal or wood shavings, our eye doctors can safely remove the object while minimizing damage to your eye. Our office also treats eye infections like conjunctivitis (pink eye).    

If you have any of the following symptoms, we recommend contacting an eye doctor immediately: 

  • 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, see flashes of light, or notice a dark curtain on the side of your vision, contact us immediately. These may be signs of retinal detachment, a serious condition that requires prompt medical attention. 

Steps to take during an eye emergency   

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

  • If chemicals get into your eyes, flush your eyes with water for 10-15 minutes and don’t cover the affected eye.   
  • If you have something in your eyes, avoid rubbing them to prevent further damage and reduce the spread of any germs, bacteria, 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 are experiencing an eye emergency or vision problems.   

After seeking emergency eye care from an eye doctor, it’s critical to follow the treatment plan closely. That includes using any home remedies they suggest, such as eye drops or compresses. Treatment for eye emergencies will vary depending on the specific case, but most issues resolve quickly with proper treatment from a qualified optometrist.  

At Hanna Eye Care in Jacksonville, we’re here to help you protect your eye health and vision. If you are currently experiencing an eye emergency, please call us immediately for an emergency eye examination.