Emergencies

We are always available to treat eye emergencies such as pain, infections, foreign matter in the eye or sudden loss of vision. During normal office hours, please let us know the nature of your emergency and will be happy to treat your eye condition. Please get immediate attention if you have sudden loss or decrease of vision, servere pain, extremely red eye, a sudden and new onset of floaters, flashes, or a curtain in your vision or have had a blunt or penetrating injury to the eye.

Emergency First Aid

First aid, no matter how simple, can make the difference in saving your eyesight! When an emergency occurs, it is important to seek medical attention immediately. A severe injury can lead to infection, vision loss or blindness.

Object in eye – Pull upper lid down onto lower lid and let lower eyelashes sweep away the particle by blinking repeatedly. Do not rub the eye. Seek medical attention immediately if this procedure does not work.

Chemical splashes – If you are wearing contact lenses, remove them immediately. Begin flushing eyes with cool water and continue to do so for 15 minutes. Seek medical attention immediately.

Trauma to eye – Gently apply small cold compresses without pressure immediately to reduce pain and swelling. Seek medical attention immediately.

If your emergency occurs after hours, call Billings Clinic (406) 238-2500.