Emergency Care

Alisha Poonawala, O.D. -  - Optometry

Pack Optical

Alisha Poonawala, O.D.

Optometry located in Fort Worth, TX

When you find yourself with an eye emergency, highly experienced optometrist Alisha Poonawala, OD, and her staff at Pack Optical in Fort Worth, Texas, can treat your eye complication with immediate and attentive care. If you have an eye emergency, call the office or book an appointment online to get help right away.

Emergency Care Q & A

What is an eye emergency?

An eye emergency is an eye-related complication or problem that warrants prompt medical attention. If you have an eye emergency, call Pack Optical right away, and Dr. Poonawala will discuss what’s happening with you and tell you to come in right away of direct you to an emergency room.

There are a number of reasons why you might experience an eye emergency, such as if you injure your eye or experience sudden vision problems. In some cases, without proper treatment, eye damage can lead to vision loss. You may need to visit Pack Optical or your local emergency room for prompt optometric care if you experience:

  • Loss of vision or double vision
  • Burning or stinging
  • Pupils that aren’t the same size
  • One eye that’s bulging or sticking out
  • Sudden vision loss in one eye
  • Eye pain
  • Sudden blurred or hazy vision
  • Discharge from an eye
  • Seeing black spots, flashes of light, or halos around lights.

Red eye can be alarming, but it’s usually a sign of a minor eye condition, such as a burst blood vessel. Painful eyes may indicate a more serious problem.

When are my red eyes an emergency?

If your red eye doesn’t subside within a few days, or if your red eye is particularly painful, you may need to visit Pack Optical for prompt eye care or your local emergency room. Your red eyes may be an eye emergency if you experience:

  • A severe headache, eye pain, a fever, or unusual sensitivity to light
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Vision changes
  • A thick or continuous pus or mucus discharge
  • Sudden halos around lights
  • Swelling in or around your eyes

Brief and occasional periods of red eye aren’t usually a cause for concern.

What should I do in an eye emergency?

Until you can visit a medical professional, you shouldn’t attempt to treat yourself. Instead, you should be especially careful around the affected eye. It’s important you don’t:

  • Rub or apply pressure to your eye
  • Attempt to remove foreign objects
  • Use tweezers or any other tools in your eye
  • Put ointments or medications in your eye

If you get chemicals in your eye, you should:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water
  • Turn your head so the injured eye is down and to the side
  • Hold your eyelid open and flush with clean, cool water for around 15 minutes

Dr. Poonawala and the friendly Pack Optical team offer prompt optometric care to protect, treat, and care for your eyes. If you have an eye emergency, call the attentive staff at Pack Optical or book an appointment online.