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If you or a family member has an eye injury, call Family Eye Care Services right away and seek medical treatment immediately to prevent the possibility of serious damage to the eye. Don't risk your eyesight. What may appear to be a minor injury can develop into something worse, even blindness, if not treated.
We Will Get You the Right Help
We will examine and treat you or refer you to the appropriate specialist, depending on the injury. If our office is closed, please call and follow the prompts for our 24-hour emergency service. Dr. Kaplan will return your call as soon as possible. If you are ever in doubt, or cannot reach doctor Kaplan, please go to the nearest emergency room for treatment.
Protect the Injured Eye from Further DamageIt is important to protect your eye and to avoid making the injury worse before the doctor examines it. The American Optometric Association recommends the following guidelines for first aid:
For all eye injuries
DO NOT touch, rub or apply pressure to the eye.
DO NOT try to remove the object stuck in the eye.
Do not apply ointment or medication to the eye.
Call your eye doctor's office immediately.
For cuts or punctures
DO NOT rinse with water.
DO NOT remove an object stuck in the eye.
DO NOT rub or apply pressure.
Avoid aspirin, ibuprofen or other non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs as they may increase bleeding.
Gently place a shield over the eye to protect it until you get medical attention.
For particles or foreign materials lodged in the eye
DO NOT rub the eye.
Lift the upper eyelid over the lashes of your lower lid.
Blink several times and allow tears to flush out the particle.
If the particle remains, keep the eye closed and seek medical attention.
For sand or small debris in the eye
Use eyewash to flush the eye out.
DO NOT rub the eye.If debris remains, lightly bandage the eye and seek medical treatment.
For chemical burns
Immediately flush the eye with plenty of clean water.Get emergency medical treatment right away.
For a blow to the eye
Gently apply a small cold compress to reduce pain and swelling.
DO NOT apply any pressure. If a black eye, pain or visual disturbance occurs even after a light blow, immediately contact your eye doctor or emergency room.
Why are regular of regular eye exams important
Eye exams for children play an important role in ensuring normal vision development and academic achievement of all kids.
Vision is closely linked to the learning process. Children with undetected vision problems often will have trouble with their schoolwork. Many times, children will not complain of vision problems simply because they don't know what "normal" vision looks like.
Vision screenings are limited eye tests that help identify people who are at risk for vision problems. These are the brief vision tests performed by the school nurse, a pediatrician, other health care providers or volunteers.
The eye test that you take when you get your driver's license renewed is an example of a vision screening.
Treatment plans following your eye exam can include a prescription for glasses or contact lenses to correct refractive errors, vision therapy or strabismus surgery for binocular vision problems, medical treatment for eye disease or simply a recommendation that you have your eyes examined again within a specific time frame.
Your eye doctor also may recommend that you take eye vitamins or vision supplements to maintain good eye health or to help alleviate specific problems like dry eyes.
No matter who you are, regular eye exams are important for seeing more clearly, learning more easily and preserving your vision for life.
Call today for an appointment, or to talk to us about your eye care questions. We look forward to meeting you.