Emergency Eye Care
If you have an injury that requires emergency eye care, Dr. Cohlmia is available. Call our office number, 316-264-8932 and arrangements will be made to meet you at the appropriate Wichita hospital or emergency center.
If you’re not sure whether you need immediate care, we recommend erring on the side of caution and letting Dr. Cohlmia evaluate your eye right away.
Eye injuries can cause blindness or vision loss. Some problems aren’t immediately detectable except through an ophthalmologist’s examination, such as a detached retina, increased eye pressure or bleeding inside the eye.
Note: Do not treat serious eye injuries yourself at home. Doing so could worsen the damage to the eye.
Common Eye Traumas and Symptoms that May Require Emergency Treatment
- Foreign objects in the eye
- Corneal abrasion
- Chemical eye burns
- Blood in the eyes
- Eye cuts or punctures
- Blow to the eye
- Continual eye pain
- Difficulty seeing
- A cut or tear to the eyelid
- An eye that sticks farther out of the eye socket than the other one
- One eye that doesn’t move as well as the other one
- A pupil with an unusual size or shape
What to Do for an Eye Injury
- Don’t rub the eye or do anything that applies pressure to it
- If an object is stuck in the eye, don’t try to remove it
- Don’t apply any drops, ointments or other medications to the eye
- See an ophthalmologist as soon as possible
- Go to the emergency room if an eye doctor isn’t immediately available
What to Do if You Get Hit in the Eye
- Carefully apply a cold compress such as an ice pack
- Do not apply pressure to the eye area
- Avoid using steak or food as a cold pack, as they can get bacteria in the eye
- See a doctor is there is pain, a change in vision or a black eye
What to Do if Your Eye is Cut or Punctured
- Do not rise the eye with water or eye drops
- If an object is stuck in the eye, do not attempt to remove it
- Don’t apply any pressure or rub the eye
- Carefully place a protective cover or shield over the eye, such as a disposable cup
- Do not take any anti-inflammatory drugs like aspirin, ibuprofen or NSAIDs, as they can thin the blood and make bleeding worse
- After the eye is protected, see emergency treatment right away
Expert Emergency Eye Care
No matter the issue, you can rest assured that you’ll be in good hands. Dr. Cohlmia has been providing expert eye care and ophthalmology services in Wichita for over 20 years. His patients appreciate his warm, compassionate demeanor. And, as an eye surgeon, he has the skills and expertise to treat all types of eye injuries and traumas.