Eye Emergencies in Tempe

Eye Emergencies in Tempe

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 20/20 Image Eye Centers - Tempe for emergency eye care.

Our Tempe optometrists can help you preserve your vision and eye health.

eye emergency treated at 20/20 Image Eye Centers - Tempe

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!


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


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 Tempe 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 Tempe as soon as possible.

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Dr. Kesner was great. He was friendly, on time, and, most importantly, knew what he was doing. The... support staff were also great.
- Jun. 16, 2024
The care and service I received was outstanding.
- Jun. 03, 2024
Very good service. Pleasant and personable customer service.
- May. 24, 2024
Knowledgeable and friendly. Highly recommend!
- May. 17, 2024
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- May. 02, 2024
Dr. Kesner and the rest of the staff are very kind and attentive, and the service was fast.
- Apr. 18, 2024
Wonderful service and great doctor!
- Mar. 21, 2024
Fantastic experience that was truly unexpected. On a quest to simply get my kids glasses, resulted i... n for some reason, having to visit different vision centers, only to once again leave empty handed. That was until we came to this center. We literally had just walked in from off the street, no appointment nor were we established patients. Still, we were immediately greeted by this very lovely receptionist who never hesitated once to help my children and I. Yet, it was Matthew Compeau, the practice manager, that was the absolute game changer. When was the last time a member of management provided stellar service, especially when they could just put it off on a Random employee? Well, not at this vision center and not with Matthew. He educated, and efficiently and effectively provided exactly what my kids needed so they finally can order their glasses. Will come back in the future.
- Mar. 10, 2024
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- Mar. 05, 2024
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- Feb. 17, 2024
Awesome staff and customer care. Dr Kesner is amazing and caring. Good selection of frames.
- Feb. 14, 2024
friendly staff and Dr. Kestner is very knowledgeable and takes time to listen to your concerns.
- Jan. 26, 2024
I had an excellent experience at 20/20, Tempe location. Both Paola & Dr. Kesner were friendly and pr... ofessional. They answered all my questions & concerns. I highly recommend them.
- Jan. 11, 2024
Great place. Would recommend to others.
- Jan. 08, 2024
Doctor and staff was very friendly and knowledgeable. I would definitely go again if I need addition... al services.
- Dec. 22, 2023
Friendly, patient staff; excellent range of services and available eye glass lenses.
- Dec. 18, 2023
Everyone is so kind and wonderful, helpful and patient! I have literally nothing to complain about, ... and only a long list of compliments!
- Dec. 13, 2023
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- Nov. 27, 2023
Amazing service
- Nov. 12, 2023
Very friendly and open atmosphere. Easy in and out. Would tell anyone about this place.

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