If you have an eye emergency, you should see an eye doctor.
Call (520-322-2713) or come directly to Arizona Primary Eye Care.
Hospitals, urgent care, and primary care doctors don’t necessarily know how to treat eye injuries, or have the best equipment to handle them. Often patients are turned away, or billed just for referring the patient to us.
We are in the office six days a week, and are always on call for eye emergencies.
We can handle most eye-related medical emergencies. If we determine that surgery is required, we can refer you to a surgeon or hospital. We handle more than just selling glasses and doing prescriptions.
We can treat you for any emergency concerning your eyes, such as:
- Scratches and abrasions
- Chemical exposure and spills into the eye
- Wood or metal fragments in the eye
- Flashes of light, which may be are signs of ocular migraines, or retinal detachment
- Floaters, described as black specks, lines, cobwebs, or showers, black drapes or curtains in the field of vision
- Pinkeye infections
- Red eyes (heavily bloodshot, severe allergic reactions, etc.)
- Contacts stuck in the eye
- Sudden blurriness or loss of vision
Retinal Detachment (floaters and flashes of light)
If you suspect you have a retinal detachment, you should be seen immediately! Please come in to our office right away. The faster you come in to see us, the more likely we can save your vision. Signs of retinal detachment are floaters and flashes of light. You shouldn’t worry about the small floater cells that have been there for years; be concerned if you see a shower or sudden increase of floaters.
Conjunctivitis (“pinkeye”) is the most common eye infection, especially in school-age children, and is extremely contagious. It can be bacterial or viral. Symptoms include red eyes, discharge (thick or watery, and various colors – “goopy eyes”), or itchy and irritated eyes. If the infection is bacterial, antibiotics are prescribed. If you are diagnosed with pinkeye, be sure to be cognizant of your hygiene: Wash your hands thoroughly with antibacterial soap, don’t share towels, and throw away any eye-area makeup.
Common minor injuries include black eyes, getting poked in the eye (causing a scratch in the outer layer of the eye, the cornea), allergic reactions, various objects in the eye, and so on. We also deal with emergencies.
We use the slit lamp, a specialized eye microscope, to examine the front surface of the eye and facial areas around the eye for infection or unseen injuries. We can prescribe medications and supportive care. Follow-up visits to monitor your recovery will be scheduled as needed.