Eye Emergencies in Columbia

Eye Emergencies in Columbia

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 Eyes On Missouri - Columbia for emergency eye care.

Our Columbia 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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- Apr. 29, 2024
Great at always. Care team is very attentive and always ready to answer questions.
- Apr. 21, 2024
Very good staff and doctor! Highly recommend.
- Mar. 22, 2024
Everyone was very thorough, friendly, and quick!
- Feb. 05, 2024
I really appreciate the staff and their ability to make sure you have what you need.
- Jan. 23, 2024
They are friendly and helpful. The eye doctor is really nice.
- Jan. 12, 2024
I was very pleased with my visit to this Dr. for an eye exam, and glasses.The Dr and staff were very... professional, knowledgeable, and friendly. The receptionist that scheduled my appointment was very patient, and courteous, the Dr. was professional, and answered all my questions, and the optical technician that helped me select my glasses, were all top notch, and I would definitely recommend this business.
- Dec. 07, 2023
Office staff very nice and professional. Doctor was easy to talk to and was informative about result... s of my exam. It was my first visit and plan to return for next exam!
- Oct. 21, 2023
My experience was not only professional but efficient and reliable. I would recommend to others.
- Aug. 08, 2023
I had an awesome experience with Eyes on Missouri.
- Jul. 24, 2023
I have worn glasses since the age of 3 and this is probably THE BEST experience I have ever had with... a vision exam. Dr. Renner was EXCELLENT at answering questions and so so so patient with the 1s and 2s. David, at the front desk, is highly efficient and knows anything you could possibly want to know about that office. Sydney was fabulously empathetic and very professional with my initial testing (no puffs there!!!) and Natalie rounded it all off with her expertise with frames, contacts, insurance, etc. It was just wonderful and with my horrible vision I never know what to expect or what I'll be told. So this visit was informative, fast and comfortable. NO QUESTION is stupid and you just feel like they have your best interests at heart. That's not easy to find anymore. Wish I could give it 500 stars!!!
- Jul. 21, 2023
Good service all around
- Jun. 12, 2023
Super friendly staff and quick to get an eye exam. I was even checked after I put in a new contact p... rescription to make sure everything was clear. Highly recommend!
- Mar. 19, 2023
First and foremost, they're on time!! The front staff is knowledgeable and answered all my questions... . The Dr and her staff are top notch and actually are very personable- not just robots doing a job. To sum up, Eyes on Missouri is one of the best eye care and glasses outlet I've had the pleasure to experience!! Cheers!
- Mar. 06, 2023
I had a great experience with my first appointment here! The staff and doctor were professional and ... friendly. I didn’t feel pressured to buy anything I didn't want or need after the appointment, either, which was a lovely change. I would recommend them!
- Feb. 09, 2023
Great great place. Love Dr. Renner - she's awesome. All the staff are kind and knowledgeable! Nice s... election of glasses.
- Dec. 23, 2022
I've been coming to them for a few years. One time I brought a friend to them ,because everybody els... e told him no and Eyes On Missouri got him what he needed in no time. The staff is very friendly and eager to help you.
- Dec. 09, 2022
Awesome staff and always a great selection of frames to choose from!
- Sep. 21, 2022
10/10 Was an exceptional experience!
- Sep. 20, 2022
Excellent place to go get your eyes checked or. Buy glasses very helpful and kind people great price... s ☺️ great atmosphere
- Sep. 11, 2022
Great staff!!! They have always met my needs and go above an beyond to make sure that I'm comfortabl... e with the decisions/choices with my Eyewear.

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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 Columbia 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 Columbia as soon as possible.


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Have an eye emergency?

Protect your vision by contacting Eyes On Missouri - Columbia in Columbia without delay!

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