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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 optical damage or a disease that’s affecting the iris or pupil.
Bacterial infections 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.
If you have a family history of glaucoma or are experiencing common symptoms, such as headaches, eye pain, and blurred vision, you require urgent treatment. These are often signs of optic nerve damage caused by increased pressure in the eye.
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