Take Quick Action
Eye care emergencies can happen to anyone, any time. Accidents occur, and the best thing you can do is stay calm and get the help you need quickly.
If you are having an emergency, please contact us right away. If this is an after-hours emergency, please go to your nearest emergency medical clinic.
Types of Emergencies
Eye care emergencies come in many forms and can cause permanent vision loss. You should not attempt to treat an eye emergency yourself. If you have splashed a chemical in your eye or have small debris in your eye, you can begin flushing out your eye with clean water while you contact our team.
Please seek medical attention if you have:
- Pain in your eye that won’t go away
- Difficulty seeing or suddenly blurry vision
- A cut or torn eyelid
- One eye that is no longer moving the same as the other
- One eye that is sticking out or bulging more than the other
- Pupils that are unusual sizes or shapes
- Blood pooling in your eye
- Something in your eye that blinking and tears won’t remove
What You Should Do
If you are experiencing an emergency, there are some steps you can take to protect your eyes while you seek medical attention.
If You Have Scratched Your Eye
If something has gone into your eye, either a small particle or something larger, you should not rub your eye. You can try the following remedies first: blinking to let your natural tears wash out the object or flushing your eye out with eyewash, saline solution, or running water. If the object does not dislodge from your eye, please call us.
If You Have Cut or Punctured Your Eye
If You Got Chemicals in Your Eye
Chemicals found in the workplace or at home have the potential to harm your eyes. If you have been sprayed by a chemical aerosol or splashed with a liquid chemical, remove contact lenses if you are wearing them and begin flushing your eye out immediately—and call our office.
If You Have Been Hit in the Face or Eye
Blows to the face and head can cause damage to your eyes. Even if the injury doesn’t lead to a black eye, your eyes should be assessed by your eye doctor. Eye injuries caused by blows to the face or head are not always visible but can cause serious damage if not addressed.
If You Have Sudden Vision Changes
Sudden vision changes or vision loss need to be addressed quickly. Your eyes may be experiencing an internal injury that can occur even when no external injury is present. Contact our office right away to have your eyes assessed and see a medical professional if this occurs after hours.
Eye Emergencies Are Serious
The best thing you can do for your eyes and vision if you experience an eye emergency is to quickly seek medical help from an eye doctor. The sooner an eye injury is treated, the better chance you have of preserving your vision. Contact us if you require immediate assistance.
Our office is located in Vancouver, Washington off the SR-500 and I-205 (War Veterans Memorial Freeway) across from the Vancouver Mall. We have plenty of accessible parking available in the parking lot outside our building.
- 8400 NE Vancouver Mall Loop, Ste 110
- Vancouver, Washington 98662
Hours Of Operation
- Monday: Closed
- Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Thursday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
- Friday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Saturday: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
- Sunday: Closed