Eye Emergencies in Gainesville

Eye Emergencies in Gainesville

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 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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Patient Reviews
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- May. 29, 2024
Great care, great staff, always reliable.
- May. 17, 2024
Really nice place, clean and bright and efficiently run! Dr. Desai was professional, patient, and ve... ry thorough. Highly recommend!
- May. 11, 2024
Brenna and trinity are the best! They are always laughing and smiling, but know how to get things ru... nning!
- May. 07, 2024
Staff very polite, facility clean. An abundance of glasses and sunglasses for o choose from in a goo... d price range. And I am in love with my new glasses.
- May. 03, 2024
Quick and easy visit with clear communication of the eval.
- Apr. 30, 2024
Dr. Desai is wonderful. I was impressed by how thorough her exam was. I felt like I was in very good... care. She provided education and great recommendations for eye health. I will definitely continue my care with her.
- Apr. 30, 2024
Dr. Parker is Awesome!!!!
- Apr. 22, 2024
Quinn eye center is a super clean place. The Dr. was super professional and nice.
- Apr. 18, 2024
Sara A. was the best technician I have ever had, she was so welcoming and comforting even when I was... really scared about my eye condition. She is the only reason I come back every time!
- Apr. 11, 2024
Always a pleasure to have my eye appointments here. Friendly and knowledgeable staff. Great doctors ... who take time to explain everything to you.
- Apr. 09, 2024
My go to office to update my prescription in Gainesville. A little pricey compare to other places bu... t very comprehensive eye exams and professional service! Communicate your concerns and they will work with you.
- Apr. 02, 2024
Best optometry office I've ever seen. So efficient, organized, staff is so capable and friendly. L... ove Dr. Parker. He spent extra time with me on two occasions to ensure everything was taken care of. As a health care provider myself, I can't say enough about Quinn Eye Center. A+ team!
- Mar. 18, 2024
Always friendly, always informed, always try to make things happen quickly. I have called multiple t... imes for same-day help and have gotten seen. It's a new, clean, and welcoming facility.
- Mar. 15, 2024
Clean and well staffed. My first visit to a new eye Dr. in 26 years. Thorough and Friendly. I will c... ertainly recommend to friends.
- Mar. 12, 2024
Friendly and knowledgeable staff. Efficient and explained all procedures and results clearly. Willin... g to take the time to answer questions.
- Mar. 08, 2024
Pleasant experience all around
- Mar. 04, 2024
Great costumer service, and everyone work together to give the best experience to all patients.
- Mar. 02, 2024
Fantastic place where everyone is concerned about the customers ! Dr Suggs is the best
- Feb. 29, 2024
Quinn, Eye Center saved my vacation. While traveling, we realized that my contact lenses did not get... packed. Saw Quinn Eye Center as we traveled towards the university of Florida campus. Stopped in, showed them my prescription, and they provided me with five pairs of trial lenses. Got me through until we were able to order more and get them delivered. Big kudos to the staff (who were friendly and incredibly helpful) who helped us out on a Saturday afternoon at 2 PM.
- Feb. 18, 2024
Great job by all involved; just need to pick out my glasses now.

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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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