Eye Emergencies in St. Cloud

Eye Emergencies in St. Cloud

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 Northway Eye & Contact Lenses Center for emergency eye care.

Our St. Cloud 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!


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


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 St. Cloud 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 St. Cloud as soon as possible.

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- Jul. 06, 2024
I have an eye appointment. The doctor was very knowledgeable and friendly. He explained everything... during the routine exam.
- Jun. 22, 2024
My experience was great!
- Apr. 23, 2024
Very kind, patient, helpful and I never have to wait long to get in.
- Mar. 30, 2024
The team's professionalism is exceeded only by their commitment to total customer satisfaction! Rod... Pederson
- Feb. 06, 2024
Professional and friendly staff.
- Nov. 02, 2023
Really great experience! New glasses came in super fast & dr.kim was super nice and kind
- Oct. 26, 2023
I had an excellent eye exam with Dr. Watson. She was careful to explain each step in the evaluation ... and she carefully answered all the questions I had. I will definitely be staying under her care.
- Oct. 26, 2023
Been receiving care at Northway Eye for over 10 years…great care.
- Jul. 20, 2023
Great staff who are friendly and knowledgeable. Bonus...NOT a CentraDONTCare affiliate.
- Jul. 06, 2023
Examination by D Matthew Andeson, assisted by Jen, office Megan and eyeglasses Sarah. The examinati... on was thorough, and answered any questions I might have had. The staff was helpful in submission of a referal to a surgeon, and in selecting glasses frames. The cost was very low in comparison to dentist and doctor exams, no one should feel denied this excellent exam for financial reasons. Thank you.
- Jun. 12, 2023
They're super nice and helpful. Thank you!
- May. 27, 2023
Friendly and knowledgeable people
- May. 25, 2023
Love the people! Environment is fun, clean and professional. I would recommend to others!
- May. 05, 2023
excellent service and very friendly and helpful
- Apr. 03, 2023
Dr. Watson and her staff are always pleasant and professional.
- Mar. 26, 2023
Dr Matthew was super friendly and knowledgeable. Great experience
- Mar. 16, 2023
very nice
- Mar. 04, 2023
I have been coming here since 2020 and have had a pleasant experience each time. Everyone here is so... professional, cheerful and kind. I had to reschedule due to a snow storm and they happily obliged. Everything was clean and beautifully decorated.. the waiting area was elegant and comfortable. I brought my three little children with to my appointment. Doctor Watson answered all of their eager questions with such kindness. They can't wait to get their eyes checked by her, too.
- Feb. 10, 2023
Great doctor and great staff!
- Jan. 25, 2023
Highly recommend

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Have an eye emergency?

Protect your vision by contacting Northway Eye & Contact Lenses Center in St. Cloud without delay!

(320) 253-2441