When you experience an eye emergency in Duncan or the surrounding areas, look no further than Duncan Family Eye Care to treat you. Our optometrists are available 24 hours per day, seven days per week to assist with any optometric emergency you may encounter. These emergencies may include things such as eye trauma, chemical burns, infections, or foreign objects in the eye. Treatment of these conditions should not be postponed!

Call us right away at (580) 255-9717 if you experience an eye emergency.For severe trauma, please call 911 or visit the nearest emergency room.

When is it an emergency?

An eye emergency may arise any time you experience a foreign body or chemical in your eye, or if an injury or burn occurs in or near the eye area. Any of these situations can lead to partial vision loss or permanent blindness if not treated appropriately and promptly. Seek treatment right away by calling us or visiting the nearest emergency room if you experience any of the following:
  • Loss of vision
  • Decreased vision
  • Double vision
  • Light sensitivity
  • New flashes, arcs, or floaters
  • Uneven pupils
  • New or severe headaches
  • Eye pain
  • Burning or stinging
  • Severe itching
  • Redness and irritation
  • Discharge from the eye
  • Bleeding from the eye
  • Blood in the white part of the eye
  • Bruising around the eye
  • One eye is not moving like the other
  • One or both eyes are bulging or swollen
  • Foreign object in the eye
  • Lost or broken contact lens or glasses
  • Scratched or cut eye
  • Suspected eye infection

First Aid for Eye Emergencies

Following basic first aid guidelines during certain eye emergencies is critical for saving time that may prevent vision loss.

Cut or Puncture of the Eye

  • *DO NOT touch
  • *DO NOT try to remove any object still in the eye
  • *DO NOT attempt to remove contact lenses
  • *Seek emergency medical treatment right away

Blows to the Eye

Examples include: struck by a flying object, kicked or hit in the eye area

  • *DO NOT attempt to remove contact lenses
  • *DO NOT rub or apply pressure to the eye
  • *Apply a cold compress, but do not press down or apply pressure in any way
  • *Seek emergency medical attention right away

Large Foreign Objects

Examples include: gravel, glass, metal

  • *DO NOT try to remove the foreign object from the eye
  • *DO NOT use tweezers or other tools in your eye
  • *DO NOT attempt to remove contact lenses
  • *Seek emergency medical care immediately, as large objects in the eye are always a medical emergency

Small Foreign Objects

Examples include: dust, sand, eyelashes in the eye

  • *Try blinking to remove the particles
  • *DO NOT rub or apply pressure to the eye
  • *DO NOT attempt to remove contact lenses
  • *Try rinsing the eye with artificial teardrops
  • *If particle remains, try flushing the eye with fresh, clean tap water
  • *Seek medical attention if you cannot remove the object or if irritation persists

Chemical Burns

Examples include: household cleaners, gasoline, perfume, detergent

  • *DO NOT attempt to remove contact lenses until after you’ve thoroughly flushed the eye with water
  • *Wash hands with soap and water to remove residual chemicals that may be lingering
  • *Turn your head so the injured eye is down and to the side
  • *Hold the eye open and flush with clean, cool tap water for 15 minutes
    • -Contact lenses may also flush out during this time
    • -This can also be done in the shower
  • *DO NOT put ointments or medications in the eye
  • *Seek emergency medical treatment right away

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What Our Patients Say

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  • The staff are always very kind and helpful here. I appreciate how the opthamalogist took the time to explain what was going on with my eyes and patiently answered all of my questions. The ability to make appointments using their website was another plus.

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