In case of immediate emergency, dial 9-1-1
24 hour emergency services are also available by calling Dr. Yang's cell phone: 714-343-1201. After 11pm, call the cell phone twice in less than three minutes to disable the Do Not Disturb function.
Speedy and appropriate treatment of an eye injury may prevent serious complications and even loss of sight.
Specks of foreign material such as dirt, lint, eyelash, or makeup.
Never rub the eyes! First, flush the eye with lots of water or saline to wash the particle away. If this doesn't work, or if discomfort continues even after the particle seems gone, consult your eye doctor.
Flush the eye with water for at least 15 minutes. Consult an eye doctor immediately (Have somebody else call while you're flushing). Have the product container available to read the contents
over the phone and bring the container with you. Note: Time is of the essence. If water is not immediately available, make use of any other nonhazardous liquid, such as saline.
Cut or puncture to the eye or eyelid.
Consult an eye doctor immediately (Call First!) or go directly to the emergency room. Do not rub the eye. Do not apply pressure. Do not flush with water. Use a shield, such as a styrofoam cup or milk carton, over the eye to protect it from pressure. Do not let the shield touch the eye or the injured area. Use your hand to hold it or lightly tape it in place.
Blow to the eye
Apply a cold compress (A bag of crushed ice, frozen peas, or frozen carrots, etc...). Hold it over the injured eye for 15 minutes to reduce swelling and pain. Consult an eye doctor immediately. A black eye, blood in the pupil, or blurred vision could indicate a more serious injury.
Foreign object penetrates eye.
Call immediately for emergency medical help. Do not rub the eye. Do not apply pressure. Do not flush with water. Do not try to remove object. If you must transport victim, try to cover the injured eye with a paper cup or other object which doesn't touch or put pressure on the foreign object. Use your hand to hold the shield or lightly tape in place.
Steps for flushing the eye with water.
- Victim should lie down with head turned to the side. Injured eye should be down.
- Hold injured eye open with thumb and forefinger.
- Using a clean container, gently pour warm water over the eye. Start from the inside corner
and work to the outside corner. Continue flushing with water for 15 minutes.
- Loosely bandage over the eye.
- Turn on a garden hose (use low pressure). Bend over and place the eye under a continual stream for 15 minutes.
- Jump into the shower. Place the eye under a gentle, warm, continuous stream of water for 15 minutes.
- Purchase only eye guards labeled "ANSI Z-87." For sports, look for the ASTM label.
- To protect against flying objects, choose goggles or safety glasses with side shields.
- Protective eyewear can be made in your eyeglass prescription.
- Most eye guards are made of polycarbonate, the thinnest, lightest plastic that is ten times more impact resistant than other plastic materials.
Some eye conditions create an inherent weakness in the eyes, making them more
susceptible to injury. According to the New England Eye Center, those conditions include:
- severe nearsightedness
- previous injury or infection
- any prior eye surgery (i.e. radial keratotomy)
Any person who has a lazy eye (vision in one eye is so poor it makes them functionally
one-eyed) should take extra precautions. People with these conditions should wear polycarbonate protective eyewear during all waking hours.