Eye Emergencies

AmbulanceEmergency eye care requires immediate professional service.  We consider any sudden changes in your eye health, such as flashes of light, vision loss, or foreign substances, an eye emergency.  Please contact us immediately and our receptionist will arrange for you to receive prompt care.

 

For more information on what to do during an eye emergency please see below: 

 

What should I do if I get an eye infection?  What should I do if I get something in my eye?

 

If you suspect you have an eye infection or if you get something in your eye you should contact us right away.  It is best to visit Coventry Eye Care Associates or Chariho Eye Care Associates rather than go to an urgent care center because we will have the specific tools and knowledge to best assess your eyes!  If you get a foreign object in your eye it is especially important to call our office immediately.  Objects are much easier to remove and will require less healing time if they are removed promptly.

 

What if I get a chemical splashed in my eye?

 

If you get a chemical (motor oil, brake fluid, cleaning product, nail polish remover) in your eye you should FLUSH the eye with water immediately and contact us.  Your eye doctor may instruct you to continue flushing the eye before you begin travel to the office.  This is because the longer a chemical sits on your eye, the more damage it can do.  At Coventry Eye Care Associates we always promote prompt emergency care.  By calling our office at the onset of an eye emergency you will ensure proper instruction and the continued health of your eyes.

 

What if I am a contact lens wearer and I think I have an eye infection?

 

If you are a contact lens wearer and suspect you have an eye infection, you MUST remove your contacts!  Contact lens wear will only further irritate your eye and may make an infection worse.  Contact us immediately so your infection can be treated and you can return to contact lens wear.

 

What if I see flashes of light, floaters or have a sudden decrease in my vision?

 

Please click on the following video presentation for more information regarding flashes, floaters and symptoms of retinal detachment:

video    Vitreous Floaters, Vitreous Detachment, Retinal Detachment