Eye Emergencies in Columbia

Eye Emergencies in Columbia

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 EyeCare of Columbia for emergency eye care.

Our Columbia 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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- Feb. 16, 2024
All of the staff is nice and professional. The eye doctor is great at explaining things and has actu... ally used diagrams to explain what's going on with my eyes.
- Apr. 01, 2022
I have had a lot of trouble at various eye places and eye doctors. I was seen at this place last sum... mer and couldn't recommend it enough! I have a very high prescription and they got my new glasses turned around for me in record timing and kept me updated. The receptionist is also extremely kind, helpful & professional. Definitely recommend!!
- Sep. 28, 2021
I don't actually go to this eye doctor professionally as I'm a college student here in Columbia, but... my frames broke recently and I had to order another pair. When I went to them asking if they could put my old lens in the new frame, they agreed immediately and helped me. They were so accommodating and they tightened them and cleaned them, asked me if they fit alright. 10/10 amazing people. If you're looking for anyone I would recommend them first. Amazing service if I ever need eye care in Columbia this will be my first stop.
- Nov. 05, 2020
It’s on the second floor down the hall to your left Very great place Really fast I did not wait My... appointed started right on time as well (:
- Aug. 15, 2020
Their staff are very friendly and always willing to help in anyway they can. I highly recommend them... , they will take great care of you.
- Jul. 26, 2019
Friendly and professional care.
- Nov. 02, 2018
Great doctor and clinic. Everyone is friendly and takes time to explain what is going on. This is my... favorite eye doctor, after 38 years of eye doctor appointments in all different places.
- Feb. 27, 2018
Very nice staff! I called to ask if they would fit my bent out of shape glasses and they did so kind... ly! I’m not even a patient and they helped me.
- Sep. 09, 2017
Great place!! Friendly and knowledgeable staff and very helpful!! Dr. Studer is awesome. They will t... ake great care of your eyes!!!
- Apr. 18, 2017
Dr Studer and his team are amazing. He always takes his time and explains everything. The staff are ... always friendly and they have a great selection of glasses to choose from.

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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 Columbia 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 Columbia as soon as possible.


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Have an eye emergency?

Protect your vision by contacting EyeCare of Columbia in Columbia without delay!

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