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Emergency Eye Exams

Did you know that if you have an eye emergency, contacting your eye doctor is often more expedient than going to the ER? If you or someone you know needs emergency eye care, immediate action is imperative. Even if you are not sure it’s an emergency, call Broadway Vision Source right away to make certain.

Emergencies include:

  • Cuts, scratches, and punctures of the eye or eyelid
  • Chemical
  • Eye infections
  • Foreign objects in the eye
  • Sudden vision loss of or change in your vision
  • Sudden onset of floaters or flashes of light.

In the moments before your contacting one of the doctors at BVS, in certain situations, there are some things you can do immediately:


  • For chemical exposure, flush the eyes with water for 15 minutes, and do not cover them.
  • Avoid rubbing any foreign objects in the eye, and try to gently rinse it away.
  • Gently apply a cold compress to prevent swelling if your eye has received a blow.
  • Cover the eye if your eye or eyelid has been punctured, but do not rinse the eye in this case. For example, if you have an elongated object stuck in your eye, try to stabilize the object with something like the cut-off bottom of a paper or styrofoam cup.

To avoid eye injury as much as possible during work, hobbies, and sports, use protective eyewear such as safety glasses, goggles, and visors. Your home and work first aid kits should include a rigid eye shield, eyewash, sterile gauze, and medical tape.

Quick action in any eye emergency is critical. If you need emergency help, contact our eye doctors at Broadway Vision Source for immediate assistance.