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If You Are Experiencing a Medical Emergency and Require Immediate Help, Dial 911

If you or someone you are with is experiencing vision loss or has undergone eye trauma, call our office immediately. We’ll be able to provide information about next steps. 

In the event we are unavailable, seek immediate medical attention at your nearest emergency department.

Signs & Symptoms of an Eye Emergency

Experiencing any of the following symptoms could indicate an ocular emergency: 

  • Vision loss
  • Pupils of mismatched size
  • Eye pain
  • Bulging eyes
  • Bleeding from eye area
  • Burning
  • Stinging
  • One eye not moving like the other
  • Discharge from the eye
  • Double vision

Eye Emergency Examples

If you experience any of the following situations, it’s time to seek emergency assistance:

  • Foreign object stuck in eye
  • Burn
  • Chemical contact
  • Cut or scratch
  • Trauma to the eye area

DOs and DONTs of Eye Emergencies

Don’ts

Dos

Seek Immediate Assistance

When accidents occur, immediate action is needed to save your sight. Get in touch with us right away for advice and assistance. 

If we aren’t available, go immediately to your nearest emergency room or dial 911.

Visit One of Our Locations

Columbia

We are in Westbury-1.5 miles further west from our old W. Broadway location, near Toasty Goat and the new Club Carwash

  • 725 S. Scott Blvd Suite 101
  • Columbia, MO 65203

Eldon

Our Eldon location is on Oak Street, two blocks north of the post office and between North and High Street.

  • 115 N Oak St
  • Eldon, MO 65026

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