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Emergency Eye Care

MOA is Available in Case of Emergency

Every MOA practice insists on providing a consistently high standard of care. That means you always know what to expect, even when the unexpected happens. Our highly-trained doctors have the necessary medical expertise to help you through all sorts of eye health scenarios. You can trust MOA for exceptional personal service, even at the last minute.

Most Common Emergencies

Your eyes are made of very delicate tissues. As a result, any chemical contact could cause significant damage to your eyes. Even a spill from household cleaning products could be harmful to your vision and long term eye health.

If your eyes do come into contact with chemicals, you must flush them right away with cool, clean water for at least 15 minutes. Your eyes may start to feel better after a moment; however, you need to flush them for the full 15 minutes to ensure you have washed out as much chemical residue as possible.

Once you have finished flushing out your eye, contact your nearest MOA location for help.

Conditions like dry eye or styes could make it feel like there is something in your eye that should not be there. This sensation can sometimes just be a symptom of another issue. However, from time to time, small objects like eyelashes or flecks of makeup can make their way into the eye or under your eyelids and can stick to the ocular surface.

If something is stuck in your eye, do not attempt to remove it with tweezers or any other sort of tool. It is also vital that you do not rub your eye. Rubbing could scratch and damage your eye tissue and could embed the object into your eyeball.

Try flushing the object out of your eye with cool, clean water. If the object is still stuck, contact an MOA optometrist for help as soon as possible. This is especially true for metallic objects which can quickly rust in your eye, as well as objects of plant based origin which can lead to fungal infections.

Conjunctivitis, also known as pink eye, can occur for a variety of reasons, and the severity of your symptoms can range depending on the original cause for the symptoms. If you are experiencing conjunctivitis as a result of allergies, the first thing you should do is either remove the irritant or attempt to avoid it. Next, using artificial tears or cold compresses can help reduce your symptoms, but for more serious and persistent symptoms, contact an MOA optometrist.
If you are experiencing conjunctivitis as a result of bacterial or viral infection, get in touch with your MOA optometrist. Depending on the root cause, you may need to be prescribed antibiotics or anti-inflammatory medications.

For any conjunctivitis symptoms, please prevent the spread of the infection as some forms are extremely contagious. Refrain from rubbing your eyes or coming in contact with people. In any case, the best course of action is to reach out to your MOA optometrist for the most effective relief strategies.

While you might experience the odd flash or floater in our vision from time to time, seeing them with increased regularity or persistance can signal an eye care emergency.

Seeing an increased amount of flashes or floaters can signify a torn or detached retina, which will cause permanent permanent damage to your vision. If you start to consistently see flashes or floaters, contact your MOA optometrist immediately.

Symptoms of an Emergency

You should seek immediate medical care if you experience:

  • Sudden vision loss
  • Sudden changes to your vision
  • Abrupt increase in floaters
  • Flashes of light
  • Stringy, sticky, or yellowish discharge
  • Pain or excessive itching
  • Swelling

Specialty Care Services

Diabetes puts your eyes at risk of diabetic eye disease. Without an early diagnosis and the appropriate treatment, this condition can result in permanent blindness.

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Age-related macular degeneration is the leading cause of blindness around the world. Through digital retinal imaging and comprehensive testing, we can detect this condition and work to preserve your vision.

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The symptoms of dry eye are irritating and disruptive. We can diagnose your unique case and provide the most effective treatment for your needs.

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Glaucoma often develops without any noticeable symptoms. Thorough testing can catch glaucoma early enough to protect your vision through treatment.

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As your eyes change due to age, your lenses become cloudy, developing cataracts. MOA doctors can determine when it’s time to increase your prescription and when you may want to consider surgery.

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