Eye Emergencies in Denver

Eye Emergencies in Denver

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 EyeCare Specialties of Colorado - Colorado Boulevard for emergency eye care Our Denver 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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- Sep. 23, 2022
very friendly staff! I had a great experience with Dr. Lipscomb!
- Sep. 20, 2022
I've been going here since I was 3 they rebranded about a year or so ago and it's the best 100/10 de... Show Morefinitely recommend
- Aug. 17, 2022
An amazing experience by some amazing and knowledgeable staff.
- Aug. 16, 2022
Great place for eye exams!
- Jul. 28, 2022
Large facility, very nice and easy to find. The check in was quick and all staff was friendly and h... Show Moreelpful. Went in for an annual eye exam and it was as quick and time efficient as I would've liked! Saw Dr. Hieb who was very personable, professional and helpful. Called me herself for a follow up on information she was looking into for me.
- Jul. 28, 2022
Fast and friendly experience.
- Jul. 25, 2022
Great work 👏🏿
- Jul. 01, 2022
I had a great experience!! Kiana was very helpful and so easy to talk to. She was so patient with me... Show More when I did the machine with the pictures - a completely new experience to me! Dr. VanDan was so knowledgeable and informative. He had a great pace throughout our appointment and I never felt rushed like other practices I have been to! Those two made my experience exceptional!
- Jun. 11, 2022
Amazing staff. Made my experience very quick and easy. I left with a smile!
- Jun. 11, 2022
A fan of the Dr. and quick appointment by the rest of the staff!
- Apr. 28, 2022
Awesome totally fresh all around! "Why you wear those glasses, so I can see" RUN DMC
- Apr. 28, 2022
Easy to make appointments and order contacts and glasses. Friendly and helpful staff
- Apr. 23, 2022
Great experience. Staff was very helpful.
- Mar. 05, 2022
I would give 10/5 stars if possible. The people here are extremely professional and do everything in... Show More their power to help you. They went above and beyond my expectations and were able to help me with an eye exam, pair of glasses, and a plan for future protection.
- Feb. 16, 2022
Sage was our liaison to finding the right glasses, answering insurance questions and fitting the gla... Show Moresses correctly. She was fantastic and deserves praise! ( and a raise!) I’ve always had top notch experiences at this location.
- Dec. 24, 2021
The staff was very professional very good place they treated me the same even though I was on Medica... Show Moreid Emily eye exam lady and that guy who picked out my glasses treated me like a valuable human being the guy there forgot his name he was very unique because being on Medicaid I have to choose from a different area for glasses he treated me well and knew those frames and I got a good pair that's a rare thing he had no judgments gave me equal treatment he wasn't acting it was real
- Dec. 20, 2021
Friendly, efficient staff. Very good communication during my visit from everyone I encountered.
- Nov. 24, 2021
Very professional staff, friendly, knowledgeable, pleasure to deal with. Great job making my glasses... Show More, thank you!
- Oct. 15, 2021
My experience with my routine eye appointment was great! Very friendly and professional people.
- Oct. 11, 2021
Easy to access an eye exam, friendly and competent dr. Great selection of frames, took my insurance.... Show More

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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 Denver 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 Denver as soon as possible.


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Have an eye emergency?

Protect your vision by contacting EyeCare Specialties of Colorado - Colorado Boulevard in Denver without delay!

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