Eye Emergencies in Gainesville

Eye Emergencies in Gainesville

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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 Quinn Eye Center for emergency eye care.

Our Gainesville 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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- Feb. 17, 2024
Best eye exam that I have ever had. Staff were patient, kind, and professional. Examination was tho... rough and carefully administered. No rush!
- Feb. 16, 2024
Dr. Suggs is very thorough in her practice and exams. Very laid back atmosphere and plenty of inform... ation is provided.
- Feb. 15, 2024
A wonderful experience each time I go there.
- Feb. 14, 2024
Courteous, professional and takes time to explain details of procedures -good old-time service. The... staff are friendly and professional. Winning! Jay Horton
- Feb. 13, 2024
Top-notch service!
- Feb. 13, 2024
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- Feb. 06, 2024
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- Jan. 27, 2024
My experience on yesterday was amazing. 100% satisfied.
- Jan. 26, 2024
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- Jan. 17, 2024
Scheduling was so easy, all the staff was friendly and patient, and the selection of eyeglasses was ... great. This was an appointment for my young daughter--10/10 would recommend to everyone!
- Jan. 16, 2024
I called for an emergency appointment. Was able to get in there the same day. I have seen Dr Parker ... for a few years. He went above and beyond to make sure he didn’t miss anything. Thank you Dr Parker, for taking care of me while I was there.
- Jan. 15, 2024
Nice place and friendly people.
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- Jan. 08, 2024
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- Jan. 07, 2024
Dr. Suggs provided the most complete and thorough eye exam. My eyes are in the best hands!
- Jan. 03, 2024
Dr. Quinn has always been great! My entire family has been going to his eye center for years now. We... 've never had a bad experience. Dr Quinn offers a "people" based atmosphere, unlike chain or franchise eyewear stores. Highly recommended!
- Dec. 31, 2023
Dr. Parker listens to all of my concerns, answers all of my questions, which makes me feel heard and... acknowledged as his patient. I am grateful to have him as my eye specialist provider!
- Dec. 24, 2023
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- Dec. 23, 2023
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- Dec. 21, 2023
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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 Gainesville 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 Gainesville as soon as possible.


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Have an eye emergency?

Protect your vision by contacting Quinn Eye Center in Gainesville without delay!

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