Our Santa Ana Optometrist Treat Pink Eye, Infections & Injuries
In the event of an eye emergency, we are here to help at Plaza Optometry. There’s no need for you to always pay a visit to the emergency room! In addition to all of our trusted eye care services, such as eye exams, vision testing, designer eyewear and disease management, a large number of urgent eye problems can be treated effectively by our experienced optometrist, Dr. Ali Mohebbi. The most common reasons for eye emergencies include foreign bodies in the eye, irritation from a foreign substance, severe eye allergies and infections.
With frontline optometric technology and a professional, trained staff, we will examine your eyes thoroughly to determine the problem and the best treatment. We can diagnose pink eye and other infections or allergies, and prescribe medicine to help resolve your condition. If you have an object lodged in your eye or your eye contacted a hazardous substance, we can help alleviate your painful symptoms and prevent vision complications. Our Santa Ana eye care is convenient and cost-effective, provided within a comfortable, pleasant atmosphere.
Symptoms of an eye emergency include:
- Eye trauma
- Foreign materials stuck in your eyes
- Sudden loss of vision, in either both eyes or one eye
- Eye infections, such as “pink eye” and other bacterial infections
- Irritable, itchy or uncomfortable eyes
- Red or painful eyes
- Flashes of light in your vision
- “Floaters” in your vision
- A scratch to your eye
- Broken, lost or dislodged contact lenses
- Eye allergies
Many eye emergencies require immediate attention – so don’t delay in seeking treatment. If you experience any of these symptoms, please contact us in our Santa Ana office for guidance and to schedule an appointment.
Removal of a Foreign Body from Your Eye
It doesn’t make a difference if the foreign object is a wood shaving or a stray eyelash, when something gets stuck in your eye you’ll feel irritation or pain. The severity of the injury will depend upon what the foreign body is and how it entered your eye. Mild irritations often resolve themselves with no lasting complications, however if a few hours pass and you still feel pain or aren’t sure whether or not the object was removed, it’s time to seek professional assistance.
At the start, the foreign body will stimulate an inflammatory response, which causes blood vessels in the eye to dilate and your eyelids, conjunctiva and cornea may swell. If the object is not removed quickly, infection may result. Keep in mind that your eyes are very delicate organs, and persistent attempts to take the object out may cause injury. If your pain is extreme, call your local emergency room for guidance, otherwise it’s advised to visit your optometrist for treatment.
To remove the offensive object, your eye doctor will usually apply anesthetic eye drops to numb the area. When the foreign body is easily accessible, such as a piece of dirt, an eye rinse may do the trick. If that doesn’t work, then Dr. Mohebbi may use other tools, such as a small metal instrument or a piece of card, to lift the object from your eye. Depending upon where the object is stuck, he may also need to flip your eyelids inside-out, which is quick and painless. After the eye drops wear off, you may feel slight irritation while the abrasion heals.
IMPORTANT: If you suspect that the foreign body punctured or pierced the outer layer of your eye, seek treatment immediately! It’s dangerous to wait, and quick action can prevent retinal damage, vision loss or premature cataracts.