Eye Rx Offers Emergency Appointments
Our eyes are incredibly fragile, so even a seemingly minor problem or injury could have serious consequences for your vision and eye health.
If you or someone you know is currently experiencing an eye emergency, please call either our Chevy Chase office at (301) 841-6776 or our Washington D.C. office at (202) 659-2010. We will do everything we can to fit you in for a same day, emergency appointment.
If our offices are closed, please proceed to the nearest emergency room.
Seek Immediate Medical Attention
You should seek immediate medical attention if you experience any of the following symptoms:
- Sudden loss of vision
- Eye pain
- A foreign object in your eye
- Swelling in or around your eye
- Sudden onset of floaters or flashes
- A scratch on your eye (corneal abrasion)
- Significant discharge from your eye
You should also seek immediate medical attention if you get any chemicals either in or around your eye.
Common Eye Emergencies & First Aid
Some eye emergencies are more common than others. If you or someone you know is currently experiencing one of the following eye emergencies, here are some first aid strategies you can use before seeking medical attention.
Our corneas (the thin, transparent membrane that covers the iris and pupil) are very fragile and are easily damaged. Even a light impact or a small scratch can be painful and leave your eye vulnerable to infection, putting your vision at risk.
If you are experiencing a corneal abrasion, you should not rub your eye. Rubbing can move remaining debris around, causing more damage. You may be able to dislodge the debris by flushing your eye with cool, clean water.
Whether or not you are able to dislodge the debris, you should still seek medical attention from Eye Rx or your nearest emergency room.
If something is loosely trapped between your eye and your eyelid you should not rub your eye as this could cause further damage. However, you may be able to dislodge the object by flushing your eye with cool, clean water.
If you are not able to dislodge the object by flushing, do not attempt to remove it using your fingers or a pair of tweezers as this could cause further damage. Instead, leave your eye alone and proceed to your nearest Eye Rx location or your nearest emergency room.
Regardless of whether or not you are able to dislodge the object on your own, you should still seek immediate medical attention.
Chemicals can cause significant damage to your eye. If you get chemicals in your eye, you should immediately flush your eye using cool, clean water. Continue to flush your eye for at least 15 minutes. Even if your eye begins to feel better, it is vital that you flush for the full 15 minutes to ensure that any remaining chemical residue either in or around your eye is diluted and washed away.
After you have finished flushing your eye, you should either contact your nearest Eye Rx office or proceed to the nearest emergency room.