Did you know your optometrist can help you with red eyes, pink eye, or sore eyes, foreign body removal and eye emergencies?
Red, Pink or Sore Eyes?
We are ready to look after ALL of your eye care needs in one location. In addition to the services you already rely on us for such as routine eye exams, eyeglass prescriptions, and contact lens prescriptions – think of Dr. Bordner first for:
sore, red, or itchy eyes
treatment of “pink eye” and other bacterial infections
removal of foreign bodies from the eye (such as wood or metal)
treatment of eye allergies or burns
emergency eye care
This is convenient and cost effective for your whole family and you can be sure you are receiving the attention of an eye care specialist.
We are always willing to help, should you ever experience an eye emergency. Our office provides emergency services for eye infections, eye injuries and other eye urgencies. State of the art equipment allows us to examine the front surface of the eye and also digitally scan inside the eye for infection or damage. We accommodate many eye emergencies such as:
Foreign materials stuck in the eyes
Sudden loss of vision in one or both eyes
Lost or broken contact lenses or eyeglasses
Flashes of light in the vision
“Floaters” in the vision
Red or painful eyes
Dislodged contact lenses
Uncomfortable, itchy, or irritated eyes
Studies have shown that an overwhelming number of emergency room visits could have been treated by an optometrist. These ranged from foreign bodies to severe eye allergies to eye infections as the most common reasons for emergency room visits. It is not always necessary to go to an emergency room for eye emergencies. Optometrists are equipped to treat the majority of eye emergencies.
We understand the importance of eye care when you encounter symptoms such as those listed above. These are signs that an immediate evaluation or consultation is necessary. Dr. Bordner & Dr. Wright are not available for after hour emergencies, but if during business hours, please call us to set up an appointment.
Foreign Body Removal
A foreign body is something such as an eyelash, sawdust, sand, or dirt can that gets into the eyes. The main symptom is irritation or pain. Depending on what it is and how the injury happened, the foreign body may pierce the eye and cause serious injury or it may simply go away with no long-term problem.
The foreign object may set off an inflammatory cascade, resulting in dilation of the surrounding vessels and subsequent edema of the lids, conjunctiva, and cornea. If not removed, a foreign body can cause infection.
If anything is stuck in your eye for more than a period of a couple of hours, you must immediately cease all attempts to remove it yourself. Keep in mind that the eyes are an extremely delicate organ and any attempts to remove foreign objects on your own can have negative and adverse results. If the foreign body you are talking about is not bothering you too much, then you are advised to visit Dr. Bordner to take care of it. If not you may need to call the emergency service of your region.
If there is a foreign body in your eye, such as a piece of grit, Dr. Bordner may try and remove it. He will put anesthetic eye drops in your eye first, in order to numb it and prevent any pain.
If the foreign body is easy to get to, it may be possible to remove it by simply rinsing your eye with water, or by wiping it away with a cotton wool bud or triangle of card. However, if this is unsuccessful, Dr. Bordner may try and remove the foreign body by lifting it out with the tip of a small metal instrument.
The foreign body could be stuck underneath your upper eyelid, especially if you can feel something there, or you have scratches or grazes (abrasions) on the top half of the transparent outer layer of your eye (cornea). If this is the case, it may be necessary to gently turn your eyelid inside out in order to remove the foreign body.
Once the anesthetic eye drops have worn off, your eye may feel a bit uncomfortable until your abrasion heals.
If you suspect that a foreign body has penetrated the outer eye layer go without delay to the nearest treatment center. Doing nothing can lead to loss of vision, premature cataracts and damage to the retina so do not take any chances, delay is dangerous.
Let us help you
Lake Lanier Eye Care believes that it is our duty to provide you with expert care. We avail you with top-notch vision solutions and exceptional customer care to ensure that we’ve not only restored your site, but can also resume your normal duty without a hitch. Our warm and welcoming staff will take the time to get to know you, your eye care history, and your vision requirements to guarantee you have the clearest vision.