Emergency Eye Care

Emergency Wilkes Berre

We see all eye emergencies on the same day as soon as possible.

Emergencies seen the same day

If you have an eye emergency during our normal business hours, we will see you that day as soon as possible. At New Era Eye Care, we will do whatever we can to make sure you are helped at the earliest opportunity.

We handle a variety of emergency eye care conditions including:

  • Infections
  • Foreign bodies
  • Painful eyes
  • Corneal abrasion
  • Loss of vision

If you have a life threatening emergency or have sustained serious damage to your eye or eyes you should call 911 right away.

Tips when you have an eye injury

What should be done before you come see us?

Here are some of the things you should consider if you have an eye injury. They include some simple steps you can take before visiting our office for your emergency care. During your visit, we’ll quickly diagnose the problem and provide treatment onsite, unless you are in need of ophthalmologist (a specialist in medical and surgical eye problems).

Particles in your eye

  • Don’t rub your eye
  • If the material is dirt or a dust particle, try blinking your eyes quickly to dislodge the object
  • Allow your tears to wash the particle out or irrigate your eye with artificial tears or normal saline fluid solution
  • If the above does not work keep your eye closed, lightly bandage it and seek medical attention

Chemicals in your eye

  • Consult the label in the chemical packaging
  • Use fingers to separate eye lids, then flush the eye with water from a faucet or clean container for 15 to 20 minutes for moderate to severe irritants and chemicals, 30 minutes for most corrosives and 60 minutes for strong alkalies
  • Don’t bandage your eye
  • Don’t try to neutralize the chemical with other substances
  • If wearing contact lenses, do not wait to remove the lenses. Begin flushing your eye immediately
  • After flushing, seek immediate medical care

Cuts and punctures to your eye or eyelid

  • Avoid rubbing the eye or surrounding skin
  • Don’t wash out your eye
  • Don’t attempt to remove an object that’s stuck in your eye
  • Don’t apply ointment or medication to the eye
  • Close your eye and loosely tape a paper cup or eye shield over it
  • Don’t put pressure on the eye while taping on the protective covering, in case there’s a foreign body inside the cut
  • Seek immediate medical attention

Blows to your eye

  • If your eyeball has been injured, get medical attention immediately
  • Don’t apply ointment or medication to the eye
  • Gently apply cold compresses to reduce swelling and help stop any bleeding. Do not apply pressure to control bleeding
  • Keep your head elevated to minimize swelling
  • If blood is pooling in your eye, cover both of your eyes with a clean cloth or sterile dressing, and seek medical attention

In the event of an eye health emergency, please call us at 570-704-3993 immediately and follow the prompts.