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Eye Emergencies: Pink Eye Or Red Eyes

Eye trauma, chemical exposure to the eyes, eye infections and foreign objects in the eye are all considered eye emergencies that should not be ignored. Should you experience any of these, our Worthington, OH optometrists are available 24/7 to provide advice and help with immediate or urgent care.

Call 614-432-8144 for further instructions. Lume Family Eyecare is available for emergency visits after hours by calling the number provided.

Call 911 or visit your nearest emergency room in severe cases of trauma.

Most eye emergencies are easily addressed by a qualified optometrist. In specific cases, an optometrist may refer the patient to a surgeon, although that is very rare.

If you have an eye emergency in Worthington or Columbus and are unsure of whether to wait or visit an urgent care or emergency room, give us a call, we will be more than happy to help you with accurate advice. Give us a call at  (614) 432-8144

The following are some guidelines on eye emergencies that should seek emergency eye care as soon as possible: 

If you are experiencing, extreme pain in your eyes, severe redness that does not go away, sudden loss of vision, uncontrolled bleeding, and eye pain that is accompanied with severe headaches or nausea you should all be seen promptly. 

Deep Cuts in the eye or anything lodged in the eye should be seen at an emergency room. Scratches or superficial cuts should be seen within 24 hours to prevent infection. 

Chemical spills should be rinsed under running tap water for 15-20 minutes, contact lenses should be removed. Call us to schedule an emergency eye exam, after-hours visit an emergency room or urgent care. 

While the above general guidelines should help, there is no substitute for speaking with our friendly staff, who will gladly understand the specific situation and recommend the proper course of action. 

There are two different types of bumps or pimples that are frequent in the eye, stye's (hordeolum) and chalazion. Styes are caused by infection, while chalazion is caused by an obstruction in the meibomian gland. Both are not dangerous, but in the case were symptoms of pain, redness, discomfort, tearing, inflammation persist, schedule an appointment with our optometrist to take a look. The best at-home treatment is warm compresses for 10-15 minutes 3-4 times daily. 

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Red, Pink or Sore Eyes in Worthington, OH?

We are ready to look after ALL of your eye care needs in one location. In addition to the services you already rely on us for such as routine eye exams, contact lenses. LASIK recommendations, designer frames and eyeglasses – think of your Lume Family Eyecare Optometrist first for:

  • sore, red, or itchy eyes
  • treatment of “pink eye” and other bacterial infections
  • removal of foreign bodies from the eye (such as wood or metal)
  • treatment of eye allergies or burns
  • emergency eye care

This is convenient and cost effective for your whole family and you can be sure you are receiving the attention of an eye care specialist.

Eye Emergencies

At Lume Family Eyecare we are always willing to help, should you ever experience an eye emergency. Our eye care office in Worthington provides emergency services for eye infections, eye injuries and other eye urgencies. State of the art equipment allows us to examine the front surface of the eye and also digitally scan inside the eye for infection or damage. We accommodate many eye emergencies such as:

  • Eye infections
  • Foreign materials stuck in the eyes
  • Eye trauma
  • Scratched eyes
  • Sudden loss of vision in one or both eyes
  • Lost or broken contact lenses or eyeglasses
  • Flashes of light in the vision
  • “Floaters” in the vision
  • Red or painful eyes
  • Dislodged contact lenses
  • Uncomfortable, itchy, or irritated eyes

Studies have shown that an overwhelming number of emergency room visits could have been treated by an optometrist. These ranged from foreign bodies to severe eye allergies to eye infections as the most common reasons for emergency room visits. It is not always necessary to go to an emergency room for eye emergencies. Optometrists are equipped to treat the majority of eye emergencies.

We understand the importance of eye care when you encounter symptoms such as those listed above. These are signs that an immediate evaluation or consultation is necessary – please call us to set one up if you are experiencing an eye emergency of any kind.

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Foreign Body Removal

A foreign body is something such as an eyelash, sawdust, sand, or dirt can that gets into the eyes. The main symptom is irritation or pain. Depending on what it is and how the injury happened, the foreign body may pierce the eye and cause serious injury or it may simply go away with no long-term problem.

The foreign object may set off an inflammatory cascade, resulting in dilation of the surrounding vessels and subsequent edema of the lids, conjunctiva, and cornea. If not removed, a foreign body can cause infection.

If anything is stuck in your eye for more than a period of a couple of hours, you must immediately cease all attempts to remove it yourself. Keep in mind that the eyes are an extremely delicate organ and any attempts to try anything extra ordinary with them can only have negative and adverse results. If the foreign body you are talking about is not bothering you too much, then you are advised to visit an eye doctor to take care of it. If not you may need to call to emergency service of your region.

If there is a foreign body in your eye, such as a piece of grit, your Worthington eye doctor may try and remove it. They will put anaesthetic eye drops in your eye first, in order to numb it and prevent any pain.

If the foreign body is easy to get to, it may be possible to remove it by simply rinsing your eye with water, or by wiping it away with a cotton wool bud or triangle of card. However, if this is unsuccessful, your eye doctor may try and remove the foreign body by lifting it out with the tip of a small metal instrument.

The foreign body could be stuck underneath your upper eyelid, especially if you can feel something there, or you have scratches or grazes (abrasions) on the top half of the transparent outer layer of your eye (cornea). If this is the case, it may be necessary to gently turn your eyelid inside out in order to remove the foreign body.

Once the anaesthetic eye drops have worn off, your eye may feel a bit uncomfortable until your abrasion heals.

Whatever is happening with your eyes or if you suffer or even suspect that a foreign body has penetrated the outer eye layer better go without delay to the nearest treatment center. Doing nothing can lead to loss of vision, premature cataracts and damage to the retina so do not take any chances, delay is dangerous.

Eye infections

An eye infection is when the eye is compromised by a bacteria or virus. This is also called Conjunctivitis and can easily be treated in our office.

Immediately rinse your eyes with water or eye wash for at least 10 minutes. Call the office to schedule a same day appointment so we can assess your eyes for chemical burns.

Try to rinse the eye with water or eye wash. Schedule an appointment with me as soon as possible. I can usually remove foreign bodies in as little as 5 minutes and get you feeling much better!

Please call our office to schedule an appointment ASAP. This can be a sign of a Retinal Tear or Detachment, which can cause the eye to go blind if left untreated.

Depending on the type of infection, some go away on the own, but others require treatment or permanent vision damage can occur. The only way to tell is to have us look to see what kind of Conjunctivitis you have.

They can… but they shouldn’t! Eye infections are very contagious, and children should stay home until we clear them to return to school

Foreign Body Removal

Most likely not, but if the sand injures the eye bad enough, it can get infected. If you are unable to rinse it out yourself, please call us to help

Rinse the eye well with water or eyewash. If you cannot remove it yourself, call and we have help. I can often remove it within a few minutes and get your feeling better fast!

Dirt under a contact lens will very likely cause an abrasion. Abrasion are VERY painful! If you think you have dirt under your lens, remove it and rinse it well. Try again wearing the lens. If its still uncomfortable, you may already have an abrasion. Call us and we can help

Immediately rinse your eyes with water or eye wash for at least 10 minutes. Call the office to schedule a same day appointment so we can assess your eyes for chemical burns.


Call us and come in. I can put on a bandage and get your feeling better fast!

Not usually, however, scratches are VERY painful.


Blunt trauma to the eye can cause damage to many parts of the eye.  In some cases, it can trigger a Retinal Detachment. Always call us if you get hit, we want to make sure there are no problems brewing in the retina.

Yes, any trauma to the eye warrants a check up, just to make sure everything is ok.

Definitely see your eye doctor. A trip to the ER is often more time consuming and more expensive. They will also have to call an eye doctor anyways. Might as well save a trip and see us first! 😊


Yes, your child may have scratched their eye or even have an infection starting. Its very easy for us to look and help get them our of pain.

Call us! We keep a few appointments available each day, just for cases like this!

Bring them in for an appointment. Redness is a classic symptom of conjunctivitis and may need to be treated.

Yes! While this is most likely a hordeolum or Stye, sometimes antibiotics are needed to get them to heal. Styes that don’t heal well can cause scarring of the eyelid and distortion of your child’s vision.

Severe Emergencies

PLEASE call me ASAP. This is a true eye emergency and needs to be treated as such. There are quite a few things that can cause complete loss of vision, none of them good. We need to see you ASAP to try to save your sight

It depends…. If your eye is turning bright red, come in and we can check you out.  If you’ve cut your eye/ eyelid and need stitches, you’ll need to go to Urgent Care or the ER. Then come if for us to assess for damage to the globe of your eye.

YES! New onset double vision is not something that will go away. We need to do a full assessment to check your neurological health

Call the office for an urgent appointment. We can get you out of pain very quickly with the right treatment.

Call the office for an urgent appointment. There are conditions that can cause permanent vision loss with the only symptoms being “pressure.” We want to do everything in our power to keep your eyes healthy!

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