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.

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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!


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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


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Patient Reviews
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- Jan. 06, 2023
We love the staff at Memorial Eye Center. Dr Aurea is amazing and Sally never fails to find me the p... erfect frames.
- Nov. 16, 2022
Thanks to the crew that works at this office for always making me feel like family authentically you... are appreciated GLOWIN UP SUNSHINE
- Oct. 24, 2022
Dr. Rivera is incredibly thorough and so knowledgeable. Her staff was very patient as we shopped for... glasses. An excellent experience all around.
- Sep. 17, 2022
Very personable staff and my doctor was extremely intuitive to my eye care.
- Sep. 02, 2022
Attentive, knowledgeable, funny ...go for the entertainment and eye exam. You won't be disappointed....
- Aug. 31, 2022
Staff made experience comfortable so I could easily explain what I needed.
- Aug. 03, 2022
Dr. Rivera and the team are knowledge and friendly. My questions were answered thoroughly and my eye... s are grateful
- May. 09, 2022
This is my second time going to Dr. Rivera. She's like a grandma as a doctor and excellent at her c... raft. Prior to her I had two Dr.'s get my prescriptions way wrong. She perfected it as she did the first time. The receptionist is a bit too opinionated though.
- Apr. 06, 2022
Great staff and doctor.
- Apr. 06, 2022
Dr. Rivera was great. Attentive and informative. Staff was personable and helpful. Good selection of... frames for small faces.
- Apr. 02, 2022
Professional, friendly and clean! Been going to this eye center for years and they always take care ... of me. Highly recommend.
- Mar. 07, 2022
Friendly staff, welcoming atmosphere, and fantastic patient-care! Overall great experience!
- Mar. 07, 2022
Wonderful staff and experienced practitioners! The office was so welcoming and friendly, and with my... updated prescription, I can finally see so crisp and clear! Bless them!
- Mar. 07, 2022
The staff was super friendly and helpful from the moment I walked through the door. The doctor was v... ery thorough and attentive to my needs with it having been a long time since I had new glasses. Also they definitely get 10 stars for helping me find a pair of glasses to fit my massive head. If you struggle with your vision go here ASAP!
- Mar. 05, 2022
If your grandmother was an expert optometrist she would be Dr. Rivera. Dr. Rivera is a wonderful opt... ometrist, bur she also cares about every patient. She will spend extra time with each patient, both personally and professionally.
- Mar. 05, 2022
All the staff is very friendly and they care about giving you the best care. Dr. Aurea is from Puert... o Rico and the front desk girl, too. The 4 of us were speaking in Spanish and telling stories. We laughed all the time while they helped me choose my glasses for the first time. I didn't want to look weird and they helped me choose a pair of blue glasses that I love them I love them you go to that place and you feel like you went to visit some friends I liked the experience and I thought why hadn't I been before
- Dec. 07, 2021
Dr Rivera and her staff are so helpful and friendly. They took the time to answer all my questions.... Great customer service!
- Dec. 04, 2021
Had such a great experience! Everyone had amazing customer service, and everything was good to go.
- Nov. 13, 2021
Were very nice and helpful with helping me choose the right glasses for me, recommend this location ... if you’re looking for people that are fast and efficient.
- Nov. 09, 2021
The front desk staff are so friendly and helpful! The doctor is very personable and knowledgeable. I... ’ve been going for years and always have a great experience.

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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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Have an eye emergency?

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

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