Our eyes are incredibly delicate, so even a seemingly minor injury or problem could have serious consequences.

If you are currently experiencing an eye emergency, please call La Paz Optometric Center at 949-586-8200 for a same day, emergency appointment. If our office is closed, please proceed to the nearest emergency room.

Seek Immediate Medical Attention


If you are currently experiencing any of the following symptoms, you should seek immediate medical attention:

  • Eye pain
  • Sudden loss of vision
  • A foreign object in your eye
  • Sudden onset of flashes or floaters
  • Swelling in or around your eye
  • A scratch on your eye (corneal abrasion)
  • Significant ocular discharge

You should also seek immediate medical attention if you get any chemicals in or around your eye.

Common Eye Emergencies & First Aid Strategies


Some eye emergencies happen more frequently than others. If you or someone you know is experiencing one of these common eye emergencies, here are a few first aid strategies you can employ before seeking medical attention.

If there is something loosely trapped between your eye and your eyelid do not rub your eye as this may cause further damage. You may be able to dislodge the object by flushing your eye with clean, cool water. Once the object is dislodged, you should seek immediate medical attention.

If you cannot dislodge the object by flushing, do not attempt to remove it using a pair of tweezers or your fingers, as this could cause further damage to your eye. Instead, leave your eye alone and seek immediate medical attention.

If there is something embedded in your eye, do not rub your eye or attempt to remove the object on your own, as this could cause more extensive damage. Instead, call La Paz Optometric Center or proceed to the nearest emergency room.

Our corneas, the thin, transparent membrane that covers the iris and pupil, are incredibly sensitive and can be easily damaged. Even a small scratch or a slight impact can be painful and leave your eye vulnerable to infection.

If you experience a corneal abrasion, do not rub your eye, as this could move remaining debris around, causing further damage. If there is debris stuck in your eye, you can try to remove it by flushing your eye with cool, clean water. Whether you are able to dislodge the object by flushing or not, you should still seek immediate medical attention either from La Paz Optometric Center or your nearest emergency room.

Chemical contact can cause significant damage to your eye. If you get chemicals in your eye, you should flush your eye immediately using clean, cool water. Continue to flush your eye for at least 15 minutes. Even if your eye begins to feel better before the 15 minute mark, you should continue to flush your eye to help ensure that any remaining chemical residue in or around your eye is diluted and removed.

Once you have finished flushing your eye, you should either call La Paz Optometric Center or proceed to the nearest emergency room.

If you suspect that you or someone you know is experiencing an eye emergency call La Paz Optometric Center immediately at 949-586-8200 for a same day emergency appointment or proceed to the nearest emergency room.