Emergency Specialist

In Focus Eyecare

Andrea P. Neff, OD

Optometry located in Fort Mill, SC

An eye emergency can happen at any time. Conscientious optometrist, Andrea Neff, OD, treats patients at In Focus Eyecare for a variety of emergency care conditions. Patients residing in Fort Mill, South Carolina, can visit her for emergency eye care and treatment. Be sure to call or request an appointment online, or you can have someone take you to her office right away.

Emergency Q & A

What Is an Eye Emergency?

An eye emergency can be damage done to the eye or surrounding area that needs immediate attention before it creates a larger problem. This can occur from injury or getting a foreign object or chemical in your eye.

In these types of situations, emergency care is needed to prevent further eye damage that can lead to a partial loss of vision or even permanent blindness.

What Symptoms Are Considered an Emergency?

Eye emergencies cover a range of incidents and conditions. Contact Dr. Neff if there’s an injury to your eye if you have sudden vision loss, swelling, bleeding, or pain in your eye, or if you experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Flashes of light
  • Floaters
  • Burning or stinging
  • Pupils that aren’t the same size
  • Redness and irritation
  • Light sensitivity
  • Bruising around the eye
  • Blood in the white part of the eye
  • Discharge from the eye
  • Severe itching
  • New or severe headaches

What Precautions Should I Take with an Eye Injury?

Eye injuries can be serious if left untreated. You should never try to diagnose or treat an eye injury without proper supervision from a skilled professional. And although an eye injury may be painful or uncomfortable you should not do any of the following:

  • Rub or apply pressure to your eye
  • Try to remove foreign objects that are stuck in any part of your eye
  • Put medications or ointments in your eye
  • If you wear contact lenses, do not take them out if you think you have suffered an eye injury. Attempting to remove your contacts can make your injury worse.

Taking proactive steps to protect your eye from injury is the best preventive measure you can use. Accidents can happen, so to minimize your chance of eye damage you can wear protective eyewear when using power tools or engaging in high-risk sporting events.

If you do have an eye care emergency, you should see a doctor immediately to reduce your chances of developing permanent eye damage.

For quality urgent eye care, you can depend on In Focus Eyecare.