Providing Emergency Eye Care Services in Arvada, Colorado
We offer emergency services during regular office hours for injuries that require immediate and urgent eye care. If your eye is injured, don't try to judge the severity of it. Immediately seek the opinion of your local Arvada eye doctors to reduce the risk of damaging your vision. We understand ocular emergencies can arise at any time.
Please call Arvada Vision & Eye Clinic at 303-422-3817 for further instructions. Obviously, we encourage our patients to use their best judgment on urgency, if you feel you need emergency room care, please find your way to the nearest emergency room.
While the Emergency Room is certainly warranted for many eye emergency issues that arise, your local optometrists have specialized equipment and training to provide effective treatment for many eye emergencies and often quicker treatment than you can obtain at the local emergency room. As stated above, if you feel the need for the emergency room, you should go there. However, remember that often the emergency room will refer many eye emergency situations to an optometrist anyway after waiting at the ER. During business hours, do yourself a favor and come to us before heading to the emergency room.
Eye Safety - Safety Eyewear - Eye Injury Prevention
This short video stresses the importance of knowing the hazards at home and the workplace regarding your eyes. In this video, we review a few actual incidents where people lost part or all of their vision, along with one whose vision was saved by safety eyewear.
Red, Pink or Sore Eyes?
At Arvada Vision & Eye Clinic, our optometrists and other well-trained eye care professionals are equipped to care for all of your eye care needs under one roof. In addition to all of the eye care services that you have come to rely upon us for, such as comprehensive eye exams, contact lens fittings, designer frames and eyeglasses, please think of our eye doctors as your first stop for:
- sore, red or itchy eyes
- treatment of pink eye (conjunctivitis) and other bacterial infections
- removal of foreign bodies from the eye (such as wood, plastic, metal, dirt etc.)
- eye abrasions
- treatment of eye allergies or burns
- emergency eye care
Symptoms that require emergency service include, but are not limited to:
- Sudden loss of vision
- Sudden double vision
- Sudden red/painful eye
- Blurry vision
- Exposure to certain chemicals
- Cuts and other injuries to the eye
- Pink Eye
- New onset flashes and/or floaters
- Foreign body in the eye (especially metal or chemicals) - 'removing something stuck in your eye'
- Emergency contact lens removal
Things NOT to do while waiting for professional medical assistance:
- DO NOT press on an injured eye or allow the victim to rub the eye(s).
- DO NOT attempt to remove a foreign body that is resting on the cornea (the clear surface of the eye through which we see) or that appears to be embedded in any part of the eye.
- DO NOT use dry cotton (including cotton swabs) or sharp instruments (such as tweezers) on the eye.
- DO NOT attempt to remove an embedded object.
Studies have shown that an overwhelming number of emergency room visits could have been treated by an optometrist. These ranged from foreign bodies to severe eye allergies to eye infections as the most common reasons for emergency room visits. It is not always necessary to go to an emergency room for eye emergencies. Optometrists are equipped to treat the majority of eye emergencies.
We understand the importance of eye care when you encounter symptoms such as those listed above. These are signs that an immediate evaluation or consultation is necessary - please call us to set one up if you are experiencing an eye emergency of any kind.
DO call our office at 303-422-3817 for further instructions! We are here for you!