Fortunately, our facial structure protects our eyes from injury. In many cases, the injury occurs to structures around the eyeball, including the skin, eyelids and bone. This is the case with a black eye from a direct blow. However, eye injuries can be serious and the full extent of the injury may not appear until later. It is wise to see a doctor even if you think the injury is minor.
For eye injuries in Southern California, visit one of our urgent care centers or emergency rooms (ERs) at our convenient locations in Camarillo, Glendale, Long Beach, Northridge, Downtown LA, Oxnard, and in Inland Empire cities San Bernardino, Fontana, and Highland. Emergency eye care at all of Dignity Health Southern California’s medical centers involves a thorough exam and personalized treatment.
If your eye injury is not severe and you would like to wait at home before going to the ER, please use our convenient InQuicker online waiting tool to select your estimated arrival time.
Symptoms & Causes of Eye Injuries in Southern California
Eye injuries can be caused by a direct hit from a blunt, sharp, or puncturing object, a burn, or a chemical splash, among other causes. At Dignity Health Southern California, our eye specialists recommend prompt medical care if you experience:
- Blood in the clear part of your eye
- Changes in pupil size or shape
- Eye pain, redness, and watering
- Foreign object in your eye that you can’t remove or flush out
- One eye sticking out farther than the other or your eyes are not moving normally
- Swelling around your eye and eyelids
- Torn or cut eyelid
- Vision changes or trouble seeing, such as blurry vision
Emergency Eye Care at Dignity Health Southern California
Ideally, you should see one of our board-certified ophthalmologists for expert evaluation and treatment. Our doctors have access to radiological imaging and surgery should you require these emergency services for serious eye injuries.
If you are waiting at home until your appointment, keep these first aid techniques in mind:
- Apply a cold compress for a blow to the eye.
- Shield a cut or punctured eye, but do not apply pressure.
- Flush the eye for chemical exposures and small debris in the eye.
- Do not try to remove an object from the eye or the surrounding area.
Dignity Health Southern California’s eye specialists are dedicated to preserving your eye health. Find a Doctor tool to make an appointment today.
Our professional eye specialists at Dignity Health provide emergency care for eye injuries in Southern California.