Emergencies Happen. We’re Here to Help.

Our eyes are delicate, and even a seemingly minor problem could compromise your vision.

If you are currently experiencing an eye emergency, please call our office at 510-893-5566, and we will do our best to get you in for a same day appointment. If our office is closed, please proceed to the nearest emergency room.

Seek Medical Attention Immediately

If you experience any of the following symptoms, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible.

  • Eye pain
  • Sudden loss of vision
  • A foreign object in your eye
  • Sudden onset of flashes or floaters
  • Swelling around your eye
  • Corneal Abrasion (a scratch on the surface of your eye)
  • Significant discharge from your eye

Common Eye Emergencies & First Aid

Foreign Object

If there is something embedded in your eye, do not rub your eye and do not attempt to remove the object without professional assistance. Instead, either contact Oakland Vision Center Optometry or go to the nearest emergency room.

If a free-floating object is trapped between your eye and your eyelid, you may be able to safely remove it by flushing your eye with cool, clean water. Try rinsing your eye for a few minutes. If you can not dislodge the object, you should still seek medical attention.

Chemical contact with your eye can quickly cause significant damage. If you get any chemicals in your eye, you should flush your eye immediately with cool, clean water. Flush your eye for at least 15 minutes to help ensure that any remaining chemical residue on or around your eye is diluted and flushed away. Then, either contact our office or go to your nearest emergency room.

Even a light impact or small scratch on your cornea can be painful and leave your eye vulnerable to infection. If you experience a corneal abrasion, don’t rub your eye. If there is debris in your eye, you can try to flush it out using cool, clean water. Whether you can dislodge the debris or not, you should seek immediate medical attention either by calling our office or going to your nearest emergency room.