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After Hours Emergency Number: 256-506-1683 Schedule Appt. Call 256-279-8500

After Hours Emergency Number: 256-506-1683 Schedule Appt. Call 256-279-8500

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Eye Emergencies

When to Seek Medical Care

At Clinic for Vision, we provide 24-hour services for eye emergencies.

During regular office hours, you may call and someone will give you guidance and instructions on how to handle your problem. This may or may not include coming into the office to be seen.

After hours, you may call  256-506-1683  to speak with the eye doctor on call. One of our eye doctors will return your call and give you guidance and instructions. This may or may not include coming to be seen in the office or emergency department of the hospital.

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The Following Eye Emergencies May Require Immediate Attention By Calling Our Office or Going to The Hospital Emergency Room

Eye Infections

An infection is when a foreign organism has invaded your eye. This is usually a virus or a bacterium, but can also be a fungus, an amoeba, or a parasite

Flush the eye with water for at least 15 minutes.

Do not rub the eye! It may imbed the material. Gentle rinsing of the eye may dislodge the material. If unsuccessful, seek medical attention.

Call your doctor immediately

Most viral infections heal on their on. However, some infections can permanently scar the eye and cause vision loss.

Most childrens eye infections are viral and can be quite contagious. Wait until the infection resolves before returning to school.

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Foreign Body Removal

Do not rub the eye! It may imbed the material or cause a painful abrasion to the surface of your eye. Gentle rinsing of the eye may dislodge the material. If unsuccessful, seek medical attention.

Gentle rinsing of the eye may dislodge the material. If unsuccessful, seek medical attention.

Contact lens wear can cause small breaks in the skin surface that covers the eye. This opens the door for infection. Treat any contact lens related disconmfort as a potentially serious problem.

Flush the eye with water for at least 15 minutes.

Scratches

If there is a lot of pain we want to see you right away. Scratches on the eye open the door for infection and need treatment. The eye is very sensitive and even small scratches can cause great discomfort. Seek immediate treatment.

Yes, scratches on the eye open the door for infection and need treatment. The eye is very sensitive and even small scratches can cause great discomfort. Seek immediate treatment.

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Trauma

Yes, interneral injuries can result. See your doctor as soon as possible. Apply a cold pack to reduce swelling

Yes, interneral injuries can result. See your doctor as soon as possible. Apply a cold pack to reduce swelling

Your eye doctor is better equipped to evaluate the internal structures of you eye.

Kids

Yes, we examine people of all ages

Acute pain needs to be seen as soon as possible. There may be something in the eye. Problems that are not painful eye can wait until the first available appointment.

Yes, Your doctor can determine the cause of the swelling and prescribe any necessary treatment.

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Severe Emergencies

Sudden loss in vision may result from loss of blood flow to the eye. This may be a pre-stroke warning. Seek medical attention at once. We will evaluate your eyes as soon as we are sure your medical condition is stable.

Yes, see your eye doctor at once.

Yes, see your eye doctor at once.

Yes, see your eye doctor at once.

See your eye doctor at once.

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