Eye Emergencies in Northside

Eye Emergencies in Northside

Foreign objects or stabbing pains in your eye? Don’t wait!

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Experiencing a stab of pain in your eye?

Sudden changes in vision? Images appearing faded, blurry or foggy?

Got chemicals or another foreign object or substance in your eye?

Come visit Memorial Eye Center - Heights Blvd for emergency eye care.

Our Northside optometrists can help you preserve your vision and eye health.

eye emergency treated at Memorial Eye Center - Heights Blvd

We understand that accidents happen.

Our optometrists know exactly what to do to help you through your eye care emergency.

Whether it’s a workplace accident, an at-home incident, or some other emergency requiring immediate attention, we’re here to help you preserve your eye health and sight!


What To Do If You Have an Eye Emergency

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First things first. Don’t panic! Staying calm is the best way to help you think straight and help those around you to remain calm. Often, it’s not necessary to go to an emergency room for eye emergencies. In fact, the vast majority of people who go to the emergency room for eye care could have received treatment from their local optometrist instead.

If you’re unsure whether you’re experiencing an eye emergency, give us a call immediately! Delay may increase the risk of serious complications and may result in vision loss.

Until you see your eye doctor or seek urgent care, avoid the following:

  • Don’t try to remove an embedded object out of your eye
  • If your eye is injured, don't press on it or rub it
  • Dry cotton and sharp instruments such as tweezers should never be used on the eye.

Whether you've had a workplace accident or an at-home incident, our eye doctors are here to help


Eye Emergencies FAQs

What is considered an eye emergency?

Eye emergencies are anything that may cause permanent damage to your eyes or vision without timely intervention from an eye care professional.

The most common types of eye emergencies include:

  • A blow, poke or other trauma to the eye
  • Sudden loss of vision in one or both eyes
  • Chemical spills in the eye
  • Foreign object embedded in the eye
  • Sudden appearance of light flashes or floaters
  • Contact lens lost in the eye
Does an eye infection require urgent care?

Symptoms of an eye infection typically include itching, burning, redness, crusty and watery eyes. See a Northside eye doctor if your symptoms last over 4 days or if you experience intense pain, redness, blurred vision or light sensitivity.

What should I do if a foreign object enters my eye?

Most of the time, a person can easily remove debris from the eye by repeatedly blinking to get the debris out. If that doesn't work, you can wash your eye with saline (sterile salt water) to flush out any dust and dirt from your eye, or use streaming tap water.

However, to scratch your cornea while attempting to get an object out which can cause further site-threatening complications.

So the best thing you can do in this kind of eye emergency is to get to your eye doctor in Northside as soon as possible.

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- Jul. 13, 2024
Dr. Yee went above and beyond in an urgent situation. She did her evaluation and then arranged an em... ergency appointment with a retinal specialist. I’m very grateful. The office staff was also wonderful in scheduling an immediate appointment for me. Can’t recommend highly enough.
- Jul. 07, 2024
The staff is so awesome!! Personable and helped me pick out my glasses which i love so much
- Jun. 18, 2024
The BEST in town! Their customer service is amazing! Walter knows what he’s doing, very profession... al and helpful through everything. I would definitely recommend them with all your optic needs. They have a wide variety of lenses to choose from and best prices!
- Jun. 08, 2024
Nice selection of frames; very friendly staff; helpful in all ways.
- Apr. 27, 2024
Friendly staff and a wonderful experience.
- Mar. 30, 2024
Very good place... very professional
- Feb. 12, 2024
Amazing experience from booking my appointment with an ease and being able to communicate my needs t... o reschedule my appointment was also a breeze. The staffs here are super accommodating and helpful in answering all of my questions as I had a lapse of time in getting my eye exam. Dr. Dixie Yee was extremely knowledgeable and helpful in helping me getting my contact lens exam and also my glasses exam. Choosing the frames and fitting my glasses was also a breeze with the front of office staffs as well. Thank you all for an amazing experience!
- Jan. 28, 2024
Wonderful service! I had a great time. I learned so much about my eye health and which size glasses ... are best for my prescription. I’m beyond pleased!
- Jan. 16, 2024
Great staff, great service convenient location!
- Jan. 08, 2024
The staff is very knowledgeable and friendly. Love that they were willing to assist. Highly recommen... ded this location.
- Jan. 07, 2024
Madison is an amazing technician! Patient and knowledgable about the procedure. She explains every... thing during the procedure and answers any questions I have.
- Dec. 27, 2023
I like this office. The staff are friendly and welcoming. Dr. Yee is terrific.
- Dec. 02, 2023
Love my experience with this place. My appointment was a blessing ,I had a previous eyecare company ... that I dealt with and there is no comparison. Everyone was nice and professional. They actually had an ophthalmologist on site to help me . Walter helped me with all that I needed and was a very good person. He let me try on several pairs to see what I liked and what I was comfortable with . He even straightened the glasses I already had to keep them from falling . Love this place !
- Dec. 02, 2023
I had an absolute great experience here! The place is clean and welcoming. The whole eye care team w... as very professional and addressed all of my questions and concerns. I left with a new prescription and now I’m waiting on the call to receive my glasses! Walter was such a huge help with picking out my new eye wear! Thank you so much! The whole family is coming here now.
- Nov. 18, 2023
Thorough, efficient and friendly
- Nov. 17, 2023
Everyonec there is knowledgeable and friendly! They really care about their customers! Highly recomm... ended!
- Oct. 09, 2023
I had a great experience. I don't like change very much so after Dr. Rivera retired I was hesitant t... o go back but I am very glad I did. It felt friendly and professional as always. Very happy with everything!
- Sep. 13, 2023
I’ve been a long time patient of this location, the new doctor is fantastic. She’s very attentiv... e, knowledgeable, and has great bedside manner. She caught a chronic problem that the previous doctor never even mentioned to me and after my appointment she casually asked what my job was and after I told her she pulled me back into the exam room to give me more specific information about the risk of high impact job activities that could affect my eye health. She really cares about the health of your eyes.
- Aug. 29, 2023
I had a fantastic experience at Memorial Eye Center. The entire staff was very warm and friendly thr... oughout the visit. Dr. Bui had a wonderful bedside manner while also being efficient with your time! Glad to have established care with such a great team
- Aug. 27, 2023
Super friendly and helpful each time I visit.

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Hours
  • Monday 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • Tuesday 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • Thursday 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • Friday 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • Saturday 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • Sunday Closed
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Have an eye emergency?

Protect your vision by contacting Memorial Eye Center - Heights Blvd in Northside without delay!

(713) 862-3149