We Specialize in Eye Injuries and Removing Foreign Objects
If you experience trauma or injury to your eyes, our eye doctor is here to help. With first-rate diagnostic equipment and specialized tools, Dr. Lisa Ely will evaluate your condition and provide emergency eye care treatment. She will check the front surface of your eye thoroughly, as well as perform a digital scan to inspect your inner eye tissues, when necessary. You don’t always need to rush to the hospital and wait on long lines in the emergency room – if you need urgent eye care, call our Clarksville, TN, for guidance!
Many people aren’t sure whether to call an eye doctor or to wait and see if their eye condition resolves itself. When in doubt, it’s always best to reach out and ask your eye care specialist. Eyes are delicate, and it’s not taking a chance and risking your vision.
What are common reasons to seek emergency eye care?
The most typical reasons that our patients contact Dr. Ely for urgent assistance are:
- Contact with chemicals, or other foreign substance
- Eye infection, such as conjunctivitis (pink eye)
- Foreign object stuck in your eye
- Contact lens that is broken or “lost” in your eye
- Extreme symptoms caused by eye allergies
If you experience any of the above, our optometrist is qualified and experienced in restoring your comfortable, healthy vision. Do not delay – call us immediately in order to prevent possible eye complications or future vision loss.
What are the symptoms that I need an urgent eye exam?
- Itchy, irritated eyes
- Painful vision
- Scratch on your eye or eyelid
- Burns on your eye or eyelid (including from overexposure to sun)
- Pink eyes or bloodshot eyes
- Foreign object that is stuck in your eye
- Oozing eyes (could indicate eye infection or allergies)
- Sudden loss of vision (in one or two eyes)
- New “floaters”
- Seeing flashes of light
What should I do when a chemical substance makes eye contact?
Even solutions that are helpful for skin can irritate your eyes, such as sunscreen and facial cleansers. Unfortunately, it’s very easy and common for people to accidentally rub these chemical substances (and more hazardous solutions) in their eyes.
In case of eye contact with chemicals, rinse your eye out immediately with clean, cool water. Hold your eyelid open and place it under running water for about 15 minutes. If you need to flush out both eyes, standing under the shower head is most efficient. Afterwards, call our Clarksville eye doctor to find out if additional treatment is required; be sure to tell us exactly what solution irritated your eye.
What happens when a foreign object gets stuck in my eye?
Many objects that seem small and harmless can irritate or cause damage to your eyes. Foreign bodies that can easily get stuck in your eye include: a grain of sand, particle of dirt, sawdust or splinter of wood, metal shaving, tiny insect or even a stray eyelash. When any of these items becomes lodged in your eye or under your eyelid, the blood vessels of your eye will dilate almost immediately. Your conjunctiva (mucous membrane that coats the eye surface), eyelids and cornea may swell. The longer the offensive object stays in your eye, the higher your chance of developing an eye infection or complication.
How can I safely remove a foreign objects that is stuck in my eye?
Depending upon what the object is, you’ll experience eye irritation that ranges from mild to extreme. Often, blinking and squeezing your eyes generates enough tears to rinse out the object or substance and resolve the irritation, with no long-term problems. (Be careful never to rub your eye – as this can worsen the problem!) Other times, you will need to help remove the foreign body or chemical solution by following these steps:
- Wash your hands well with soap.
- Look at your eyes closely in a mirror to find where the object is stuck
- If the foreign body is lodged under your lower eyelid or in the corner of your eye, a damp cotton swab may help to remove it
- If the foreign body is stuck behind your upper eyelid, pull your upper lid forwards and over the lower eyelid. Now roll your eye upward, which often dislodges the object and pushes it off the upper lid
- Flush your eye with lukewarm water to rinse the item
If these tips do not help, you will require emergency eye care in our Clarksville, TN, clinic. Keep in mind that persistent attempts to remove an object from your eye will typically irritate your sensitive tissues further. Contact us immediately for assistance.
What should I do if the foreign object pierced my eye?
Do not attempt to remove the object on your own, and do not apply any pressure to your eye! If you suspect that something penetrated the outer layer of your eye – it is critical to go for immediate medical treatment from a professional. Waiting to receive treatment can put you at risk of vision loss, retinal damage, and premature cataracts. After assessing the condition, your eye doctor will usually insert anesthetic eye drops before extracting the object with specialized tools.
We are competent and experienced in a wide range of eye emergencies. Contact Dr. Lisa Ely in our Clarksville, TN, office for assistance.