Emergency Eye Exams
In an emergency, every second counts. Vision Source of Farr West is here to help.
If you need emergency eye care or know someone who does, call now for immediate assistance.
Is it an emergency?
If you think you have an emergency, it is best to trust your instinct and get immediate help.
Vision Source of Farr West has the ability to diagnose and treat eye emergencies such as:
- foreign body
- chemical burns
- infections including pink eye
- eye allergies
- dry eye
- eyelash extension-related issues
Nearly all emergency cases are treatable in our office. In rare cases, surgery may be required and we will facilitate an urgent referral to ophthalmology.
Skip the E.R. Let us treat your eye emergency.
Please call us immediately at (801) 337-8294 if you have an eye emergency. We will be able to see most cases within the same hour. For evening and weekend emergencies we have doctors on-call.
Patients often self-refer to emergency departments for problems that can be treated and/or managed in our office at lower costs and with better outcomes. Insurance Co-Pays in our office are significantly lower than in emergency room and urgent care settings.
In 2018 Vision Source of Farr West was able to save patients and insurance companies $73,100.00 by treating eye emergencies in our office.
Can I do basic first aid at home?
In an emergency, there is no substitution for experienced medical care. But here are a few guidelines you can follow in specific emergencies:
- If you have chemicals in your eyes, flush your eyes with water for 15 minutes, and don’t cover the affected eye.
- If there is a foreign body in the eye, avoid rubbing and try to gently rinse away the debris.
- If you have sustained a major blow to your eye, use a cold compress to prevent swelling.
- If your eye or eyelid has been punctured, try to cover the eye. For instance, if you have an elongated object stuck in your eye, use the bottom of a foam cup to stabilize the puncturing object. Do not rinse.
The best way to protect yourself from eye emergencies is to educate yourself about the risks and act accordingly.
“The cornea is one of the most sensitive tissues in the body because it has many nerve endings. A tiny microscopic cut or foreign body on the cornea will cause a great deal of pain. Come see us and get relief for your eyes.” – Dr. Song Choi
Make sure you wear protective goggles in situations where your eyes are at risk. Keep a first aid kit that includes a rigid eye shield, eyewash, and sterile gauze in any area where your eye could be exposed to damage.
Acting quickly during an emergency eye situation is critical. If you need emergency help, call Vision Source of Farr West for immediate assistance.