Expert treatment for pink eye, infections & foreign object removal
In the event of an eye emergency, you don’t always need to rush to the emergency room or to your primary care physician. At American Eye Care, our optometrists are qualified and experienced to treat many eye emergencies in our convenient Astoria, Long Island City, office.
With advanced optometric technology in our comfortable, modern clinic, we’ll help resolve any conditions that pose danger to your eyes and/or vision. Visit us when you have an eye emergency, and you’ll receive effective treatment that’s also convenient and cost-effective.
Eye Symptoms that Require Medical Attention
Many eye and visual complaints require immediate care, and it’s critical not to delay treatment for these eye emergencies. Contact us promptly in Astoria eye care center if you experience any of the following:
- A foreign object scratches or gets lodged in your eye
- Trauma to your eye, such as exposure to a harmful foreign substance or burns
- When new “floaters” appear in your vision
- Sudden flashes of light
- Soreness, itchiness, pain, redness and/or oozing, such as in “pink eye”
- Ocular allergic reactions
- Sudden loss of vision, in either one or both eyes
- When a contact lens breaks or becomes dislodged in your eye
Our professional eye doctor, Dr. Mark R. Stadlen, will examine your eyes skillfully with the latest diagnostic tools. He will inspect your cornea thoroughly, and if necessary he’ll perform a digital scan of your inner eye to assess for any possible injuries or damage.
Formally known as conjunctivitis, pink eye refers to an infection of the membrane (conjunctiva) that covers the white part of your eye and lines your eyelid. The characteristic reddish or pink eye color comes from an inflammation of the small blood vessels in your conjunctiva.
The AdenoPlus® is the first and only point-of-care test that detects all known serotypes of Adenoviral conjunctivitis.
By implementing AdenoPlus® into our practice, we can:
- Make a rapid, accurate diagnosis before you leave our office
- Isolate and manage contagious patients
- Prevent the spread of infection
- Reduce unnecessary antibiotic prescriptions
- Reduce potential ocular allergies and toxicities associated with unnecessary antibiotic use
- Help prevent antibiotic resistance
Signs of pink eye include:
- A gritty sensation
- A sticky discharge that may crust over your eyelids as you sleep, which prevents your eye from opening easily in the morning
A bacterial or viral infection, or an allergic reaction, is usually to blame for pink eye. While this condition is annoying, it usually has no effect on vision. It may be contagious though, so early detection and treatment is important. Contact us to schedule an eye exam in our Astoria office as soon as possible.
Pink Eye? What to do in the meantime, before your Astoria optometrist appointment
If you wear contact lenses, remove them immediately and don’t wear them as long as you have symptoms of pink eye. Take care to wash your hands well and frequently, and don’t share towels – this goes far towards preventing the condition from spreading to those around you.
Applying cold or warm compresses to your eyes for a few minutes, a few times a day, may help relieve your symptoms until you reach your eye doctor.
Foreign Object Removal
This is one of the most common types of eye emergencies. Symptoms include pain, irritation and redness. Regardless of whether of offending object is an eyelash, sand or a splinter of wood, your body will first react with an inflammatory response that causes swelling. Sometimes you will be able to rinse the object out of your eye successfully, and the discomfort will be alleviated. However, if this doesn’t work, it’s time to contact us for help from an eye care professional. Using specialized instruments or an effective eye wash, we will remove the foreign object gently, thereby preventing further damage to your delicate eye tissues.
NOTE: If you are suffering from extreme pain, it’s advised to go to your local hospital emergency room for immediate care. This may be a sign that the foreign object has penetrated the outer layer of your eye, which can cause vision loss or retinal damage.