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True Ocular Emergencies: When NOT to Wait Until Tomorrow

True Ocular Emergencies

When we get hurt, it can sometimes be easy to brush it off. “It'll be alright to wait until tomorrow,” or “I can handle it myself.” Unfortunately, many times we're wrong. Immediate professional attention is required. When it comes to your eyes, it is especially important to know when it is fine to wait until tomorrow and when it is an emergency situation warranting a visit to your eye doctor immediately. The difference can be the difference between continued vision and permanent blindness. Below, we will discuss a few of the major eye injuries that require that you contact your eyecare professional immediately.

The eye is equipped to clear itself of small, minor objects of irritation, such as sand and eyelashes. This is accomplished by tearing and blinking until the offending object is cleared. However, the eye is not equipped to deal with larger and/or sharper objects such as shrapnel or glass. Dr. Ann Inman of Garden Grove Optometry in Garden Grove, California advises, “In the event that a larger and/or sharper object becomes embedded in the eye, and especially the eyeball itself, immediate medical attention should be sought. Both eyes should be covered by a clean cloth in order to reduce eye movement until you are able to receive medical assistance. Do not attempt to remove these objects on your own. Doing so could cause very severe damage, and make removal by an eyecare professional more complicated.”

Another common emergency is a scratch or cut in the eye or the eyeball itself. The eye is filled and surrounded by sensitive fluids, and the tissues of the inner eye are also very sensitive. A scratch or cut that occurs directly on the eye or eyeball can do significant damage to the sensitive structures in and around your eye as well as to the inner eye tissue. This can cause severe visual damage or blindness. In the event of such a cut or scratch, gently apply cold compresses to reduce swelling and bleeding, but DO NOT apply pressure to control the bleeding. This could do further damage to the eye itself. Contact your eye doctor immediately.

Finally, we all work with cleaning products, fertilizers, paints, aerosols and other dangerous chemicals on a regular basis. If these chemicals get in your eyes, severe and sometimes permanent chemical burns can result. In the event of chemicals getting in your eyes, you should turn your head so that the injured eye is down and to he side, and hold your eyelid open and flush with cool tap water for 15 minutes. If you're wearing contact lenses, you should try to take them out. Of course, immediate medical attention should be sought. If possible, continue to flush your eyes with cool water while waiting for emergency care to arrive.

Dr. Ann Inman adds, “Beyond these general categories, a person should also contact an eye care professional if he/she is experiencing extremely painful, red eyes, uncontrollable bleeding from the eye, or if eye pain is accompanied by headache or nausea. All of these can also be signs of eye conditions that require immediate attention from an eyecare professional.”

For more information, contact Dr. Ann Inman today.

Dear Patients and the surrounding community,

We are currently seeing patients by appointment only and on a limited basis.

  •  If you need to replace glasses or contact lenses and need an extension on your prescription, please contact us and we will assist you in obtaining some until you can come in for a visit.
  •  If you are running out of medication please contact us and we can transmit a refill electronically to your pharmacy.
  • If you have an issue which cannot wait for an office visit, contact us and we will schedule a FaceTime or Telephone appointment with one of our doctors. Medicare has temporarily relaxed its telehealth rules to allow this type of communication during the pandemic crisis. Other insurers may follow suit and allow for reimbursement of virtual care costs. The consultation must be initiated at your request.
  • If you have an ocular emergency we are, as always, available to help you at any time. Call 714-530-2020 and wait for instructions at the end of the message. Dr. Gaylord or Dr. Inman will try their best to meet you in the office whenever possible.  If not we will direct you to the nearest eye emergency facility.
  • During this period of social distancing and quarantine, we must all do our part by restricting activities outside the home except for getting medical care. Do not go to work, school, or public areas. Avoid using public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis.
  • Please remember that 80% of COVID-19 cases are mild and resolve within a week. However, if you feel your symptoms are worsening, call ahead before visiting your doctor’s office or emergency department and tell them you have or may have COVID-19. This will help the office protect themselves and other patients.

The CDC has many wonderful resources. Arming yourself and your family with clear information will help you avoid undue stress.https://www.cdc.gov/coron…/2019-ncov/prepare/prevention.htmlhttps://www.cdc.gov/…/…/prepare/managing-stress-anxiety.html

With sincerest wishes for your continued good health, we remain at your service,

Ann Inman, OD
Eric Gaylord. OD
Garden Grove Optometry