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(603) 788-3561


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Emergency Eye Care

Your eyes are your window to the world, but when an eye emergency strikes, swift and informed action can make all the difference. From sudden injuries to unexpected irritants, understanding the symptoms and knowing how to respond is vital in protecting your vision. In this guide, we'll explore common eye emergencies, provide practical first-aid tips, and emphasize the crucial importance of seeking immediate medical attention.

Emergency Eye Care

Common Eye Emergencies

Eye emergencies can occur at any time and being aware of the symptoms and causes of the emergencies is important. Some common eye emergencies include:

•             Foreign Object in Eye: Sudden pain, redness, and feeling as if something is in your eye.

•             Chemical Exposure: Burning or stinging sensation, redness, and blurry vision.

•             Trauma: Blunt force impact, sudden vision changes, or visible damage to the eye.

Immediate Actions

When faced with an eye emergency, quick and proper first-aid measures can mitigate potential damage. If you’re experiencing a foreign object in your eye, do not rub the eye, but rather rinse with clean water and seek medical help if the object is not flushed out. When you’ve been exposed to any chemicals, flush the eye with lukewarm water for at least 15 minutes and seek immediate medical attention. In addition, for eye trauma, gently apply a cold compress to reduce swelling and cover the eye with a protective shield before seeking medical help.

Seeking Medical Attention

In any eye emergency, time is of the essence. Seeking immediate professional care is crucial, as delayed treatment can lead to severe complications. Remember, even if initial symptoms seem mild, they could indicate a more serious underlying issue.

Preventative Measures

While some eye emergencies are unavoidable, taking proactive steps to protect your eyes can significantly reduce the risk. Consider these preventative measures to safeguard your vision:

•             Wear Protective Eyewear: Utilize safety goggles when engaging in activities with potential eye hazards, such as woodwork or sports.

•             Be Cautious with Chemicals: Always handle household chemicals carefully and wear protective eyewear when necessary.

•             Regular Eye Check-ups: Routine eye examinations can detect potential issues early, preventing them from escalating into emergencies.

In conclusion, recognizing the symptoms of eye emergencies and knowing how to respond is crucial for preserving your vision. By being aware of potential risks and taking proactive measures, you can minimize the likelihood of encountering an eye emergency. Remember, in the event of an eye emergency, swift action and seeking immediate medical care can make a world of difference in protecting your eyesight.

Contact us for an Appointment Today!

For professional assistance and further guidance on eye emergencies, contact Shippee Family Eye Care, P.C. at:

●             Lancaster: (603) 444-2484

●             St. Johnsbury: (802) 748-3536

●             Montpelier: (802) 223-7723

●             Littleton: (603) 444-2484

We can provide the necessary care and treatment that can ease any symptoms and preserve vision. We look forward to improving your overall eye health!

Our Locations

Littleton, NH 03561

St Johnsbury, VT 05819

Montpelier, Vermont 05602

Lancaster, NH 03584

(603) 788-3561

(603) 444-2484

St. Johnsbury:
(802) 748-3536

(802) 223-7723