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Emergency Eye Care

Eye Doctor in Morrisville, North Carolina

Triangle Family Eye Care
offers 24 hours a day, seven days a week emergency services that require immediate and urgent eye care.

We all value our vision, yet sometimes when we are faced with an eye emergency we do not take it as seriously as it should be. As an eye doctor for many years I cannot tell you how many patients tell me"I thought it would be fine".  Our eyes are extremely complex and what may seem like "nothing serious" to a normal person, may be extremely serious to a trained eye doctor.

Dr. Prajapati, optometrist at Triangle Family Eye Care, feels very strongly about providing emergency eye care to the residents of Morrisville and Cary, NC.

"I feel blessed to be able to live up to the responsibility of providing emergency eye care. In many cases a quick call can mean the difference between serious issues with your vision or a quick visit to your optometrist."

Dr. Prajapati warns that there are some key areas of concern that should cause you to make an emergency eye exam as soon as possible. If you experience sudden vision loss for any reason at all or if you experience the symptom of double vision all of a sudden, give us a call. Red and painful eyes generally are nothing to worry about, but in certain cases can indicate a much more serious issue, we recommend calling our office for further instruction and to determine the best course of action.  One of the more serious concerns as an optometrist is something stuck in your eye, or foreign body. Especially in the case where that is metal or chemical, you should make an emergency appointment as soon as possible. While Pink eye or eye infections are not threatening in most cases, it can be hard to tell the differences between viral, bacterial and allergic conjunctivitis which are the three terms for pink eye. Bacterial conjunctivitis is the most serious of the three forms, and if treated, generally with antibiotics, will go away with proper treatment. However in some cases if left untreated it can lead to Corneal Ulcers, an extremely serious condition which can lead to permanent vision loss. Therefore our optometrist recommends calling or setting up an appointment to check up on symptoms of pink eye.

Please call our office at (919) 459-5995 for further instructions.  Use your best judgment on urgency, if you feel your need to find the nearest emergency room.

Symptoms that require emergency service include, but are not limited to:

  • Sudden loss of vision
  • Sudden double vision
  • Sudden red/painful eye
  • Pink Eye
  • New onset flashes and/or floaters
  • Foreign body in the eye (especially metal or chemicals)

Things NOT to do while waiting for professional medical assistance:

  • DO NOT press on an injured eye or allow the victim to rub the eye(s).
  • DO NOT attempt to remove a foreign body that is resting on the cornea (the clear surface of the eye through which we see) or that appears to be embedded in any part of the eye.
  • DO NOT use dry cotton (including cotton swabs) or sharp instruments (such as tweezers) on the eye.
  • DO NOT attempt to remove an embedded object.

DO call our office at (919) 459-5995 for further instructions! We are here for you!

Foreign Body Removal

A foreign body is something such as an eyelash, sawdust, sand, or dirt can that gets into the eyes. The main symptom is irritation or pain. Depending on what it is and how the injury happened, the foreign body may pierce the eye and cause serious injury or it may simply go away with no long-term problem.

The foreign object may set off an inflammatory cascade, resulting in dilation of the surrounding vessels and subsequent edema of the lids, conjunctiva, and cornea. If not removed, a foreign body can cause infection.

If anything is stuck in your eye for more than a period of a couple of hours, you must immediately cease all attempts to remove it yourself. Keep in mind that the eyes are an extremely delicate organ and any attempts to try anything extra ordinary with them can only have negative and adverse results. If the foreign body you are talking about is not bothering you too much, then you are advised to visit an eye doctor to take care of it. If not you may need to call to emergency service of your region.

If there is a foreign body in your eye, such as a piece of grit, your eye doctor may try and remove it. They will put anaesthetic eye drops in your eye first, in order to numb it and prevent any pain.

If the foreign body is easy to get to, it may be possible to remove it by simply rinsing your eye with water, or by wiping it away with a cotton wool bud or triangle of card. However, if this is unsuccessful, your eye doctor may try and remove the foreign body by lifting it out with the tip of a small metal instrument.

The foreign body could be stuck underneath your upper eyelid, especially if you can feel something there, or you have scratches or grazes (abrasions) on the top half of the transparent outer layer of your eye (cornea). If this is the case, it may be necessary to gently turn your eyelid inside out in order to remove the foreign body.

Once the anaesthetic eye drops have worn off, your eye may feel a bit uncomfortable until your abrasion heals.

Whatever is happening with your eyes or if you suffer or even suspect that a foreign body has penetrated the outer eye layer better go without delay to the nearest treatment center. Doing nothing can lead to loss of vision, premature cataracts and damage to the retina so do not take any chances, delay is dangerous.

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