Emergency Eye Care

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Emergency Eye Care services offered in Walnut Creek, CA

If you splash chemicals in your eye or accidentally scratch your cornea, seek emergency eye care immediately. At Diablo Eye Associates in Walnut Creek, California, the ophthalmologists and glaucoma specialists offer same-day emergency eye care to people 12 and older. If you or your child need prompt treatment, call the office, walk in, or book online today. 

Emergency Eye Care Q & A

What is emergency eye care?

Emergency eye care provides same-day treatment for potentially serious eye problems and injuries. Early intervention and treatment can reduce the risk of irreparable side effects, such as vision loss. If you have swelling, redness, or pain in one or both eyes, contact Diablo Eye Associates.  

When should I seek emergency eye care?

Seek emergency eye care at Diablo Eye Associates if you have any of the following symptoms:

  • Vision loss
  • Burning or stinging
  • Eye pain
  • Decreased vision
  • Light sensitivity
  • Bruising around the eye
  • Bleeding or discharge from the eye
  • Severe itching
  • New or severe headaches

You should also seek emergency eye care if one eye isn’t moving like the other or one eye is sticking out or bulging.

What should I do if I need emergency eye care?

If you or a loved one needs emergency eye care, stay calm and act quickly. 

Never attempt to treat yourself by rubbing your eye, trying to remove foreign objects, or putting medications inside your eye. These activities may increase your risk of infection or other more serious problems, like vision loss.

Try to flush your eye out with cool tap water. Then, call Diablo Eye Associates and explain your symptoms and what caused them. The administrative staff can make recommendations to reduce pain or irritation on your way to the office.

What happens during emergency eye care?

At Diablo Eye Associates, an emergency eye care visit begins with discussing your symptoms and a complete eye exam. During the exam, your provider checks for cuts, scratches, or foreign objects that might be stuck in your eye. After identifying the cause of your discomfort, your provider makes treatment recommendations.

What can I do to reduce my risk of an eye emergency?

Eye emergencies can happen at any time, but there are various things you can do to reduce your risk. The providers at Diablo Eye Associates recommend:

  • Wearing protective eyewear when working with power tools
  • Following directions carefully when using chemicals or cleaning products
  • Holding sharp instruments, like scissors and knives, with the point down
  • Being careful when cooking with grease or oil

It’s also a good idea to wear goggles if you enjoy target shooting or playing with paintball guns. 

Call Diablo Eye Associates today if you need emergency eye care or walk in during normal business hours.