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Eye Emergencies– Belmont, MA

Timely Treatment For Ocular Pain & Trauma

Trauma and damage caused to the eye can be painful and shocking, which is why it’s a good idea to have our number on-hand if you ever find yourself in the midst of an emergency. Whether your eye becomes scratched, is burning, exposed to chemicals, or you face infections or medical conditions that impact your daily life, it’s crucial to seek care right away. Fortunately, at EyeSmile Optometry & Dental Care of Belmont, we offer fast and pain-relieving treatment for eye emergencies in Belmont, MA.

Why Choose EyeSmile Optometry & Dental Care
of Belmont for Eye Emergencies?

Causes of Eye Pain

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Eye pain is an overarching phrase to describe all types of pain and discomfort radiating from behind or around your eye. In cases that involve trauma, the pain may be obvious, but sometimes it’s difficult to know what’s causing your discomfort. That’s where Dr. Ajoian comes in. Our team will work quickly to get to the root cause of your discomfort and develop a treatment plan.

When Should You See An Optometrist for Eye Pain?

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Before you contact our optometry office, make sure that your eye pain isn’t being caused by something that can easily be washed out with water. If your pain persists and isn’t being caused by anything that can be remedied at home, call us immediately so we can ease your discomfort and get to the bottom of the situation.

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Traumatic Eye Injury/Accidents

Trauma is a common cause for eye emergencies. Avoid rubbing your eye and gently place a protective cover over it to shield it until you receive treatment. Avoid rinsing it with water and don’t take any anti-inflammatory pain medications that could encourage bleeding.

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Foreign Body or Chemical Burn

Getting small, natural particles like dirt or sand in your eye isn’t usually an emergency. However, glass, metal, or other man-made materials can cause serious damage. Be sure to avoid touching your eye and wash it with a saline solution or running tap water.

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Noticeable Vision Changes

Fluctuating vision changes are a common sign of diabetes or high blood pressure. When left unaddressed, it can result in permanent vision loss, which is why time is of the essence for treatment.

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Red Eye

Pink eye, or conjunctivitis, can be a result of several different causes, including allergies, bacteria, and viruses. Viral and bacterial conjunctivitis are highly contagious and may need to be treated with antibiotics or topical prescriptions.

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Different-Sized Pupils (Pupil Anisocoria)

Different-sized pupils can indicate serious and dangerous medical conditions if they occur after an injury or in combination with other symptoms. It could indicate physical ocular damage or a disease that’s affecting the iris or pupil.

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Bulging Eyes (Proptosis/Exophthalmos)

Thyroid disease can often cause eye bulge. If it’s not treated in a timely manner, the infection could spread from the eye socket to other areas of the body. This is also a sign of other underlying conditions, such as hyperthyroidism.

Understanding the Cost of Eye Emergencies

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It’s normal to be concerned about how much you’ll end up paying for emergency eye care. Our team will always be transparent with you about the cost of your treatment so that there aren’t any unwelcome surprises later down the road. We’re also prepared to help you figure out different ways to make paying for your treatment easier, such as health insurance or financing. Our goal is to help you protect your vision without putting an unnecessary strain on your budget.

Every Eye Emergency is Different

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The exact cost of emergency eye care isn’t universal for every patient. The amount you pay largely depends on what type of emergency you have and the kind of care required. For example, removing foreign materials stuck in your eye will carry a different cost than treating an eye disease that is putting you at risk of losing your vision. We can only give you an estimate of the overall cost of your emergency care after we’ve completed a full examination of your eyes. Once we understand the situation, we can give you our treatment recommendations along with pricing information.

Does Insurance Cover Eye Emergencies?

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Medical insurance is typically used to help cover the cost of emergency examinations or treatment for eye problems. (Vision insurance is largely intended to help pay for routine exams, eyeglasses, and contacts; it does not normally cover “medical” problems such as vision loss or eye disease.) You can get in touch with your medical insurance provider to get more specific details on what kind of coverage they offer specifically for problems related to the eyes. If you don’t understand your insurance plan and how it relates to your eye care, our team will gladly go over the details with you.

Other Options for Making Emergency Eye Care Affordable

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If you don’t have medical insurance, you still have a few options for making the cost of emergency eye care more manageable. For one thing, we can help you sign up for CareCredit financing. CareCredit is a third-party company that offers various savings plans so that you can pick the one that best suits your budget. You also have the option of signing up for our Direct2Wellness vision plan. It offers several benefits, including a 15% discount on a variety of treatments related to your eyes.

Taking Care of Your Eyes Can Save You Money

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Not all eye emergencies can be predicted or avoided, but if you take steps to protect your eyes – such as wearing protective eyewear while using power tools – you can lower the risk of needing urgent care. By avoiding eye injuries altogether, you can also avoid the cost of emergency care. Also, by attending regular eye examinations, you can increase your chances of catching vision problems early on so that they can be addressed before more costly issues arise.

Emergency Eye Care FAQs

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Making the wrong decision during an eye emergency could make the situation worse, and it may even permanently damage your vision. You should learn as much as you can about eye emergencies and what to do about them so that you can act appropriately in a scenario where your eyes and vision are at risk. Naturally, our team at EyeSmile is here to answer any questions you might have! Call our office if you can’t find the information you want below or on the rest of this page.