Eye Emergencies in Tucson

Eye Emergencies in Tucson

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 Alvernon Optical - Tanque Verde for emergency eye care.

Our Tucson 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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- May. 19, 2024
The staff was very helpful and the turn around time for me new sunglasses was very quick.
- Apr. 09, 2024
Fantastic service. My glasses were falling off my face and bothering my eyes. They fixed all my glas... ses right away. Highly recommended.
- Mar. 21, 2024
Office was very clean and organized, and Dr. Lewis was well prepared with my retinal complication hi... story.
- Mar. 18, 2024
Wonderful, friendly staff. A very caring doctor. Definitely recommend!
- Mar. 18, 2024
Always friendly and considerate and on top of that they are competitive with the larger discount sto... res both locally and online, they truly deserve the 5***** rating they have !
- Mar. 09, 2024
I had just finished hiking at Sabino Canyon and then accidentally sat on my glasses. It was late Fri... day afternoon and I needed find a place to fix them. Alvernon was close by and reviews were great- now I'm adding mine! Sorry I don't have the staff person's name, but they were kind and skillful in realigning my glasses and cleaned the lenses, too! They did this with a smile! Although I didn't buy my glasses here, they were gracious to help with a complimentary service. Thank you! If I lived here, you would be my optical provider!
- Jan. 29, 2024
Top notch experience from start to finish. Hi highly recommended these folks for your eye care needs... .
- Jan. 23, 2024
Great location, got in for an appointment easily and everyone there was very friendly and helpful. D... r. Fuhr seemed to truly care about my vision.
- Jan. 23, 2024
From the time I walked in to the time I left, the staff and Dr. Fuhr were amazing, friendly and know... ledgeable.
- Jan. 12, 2024
Dr was very thorough! Explained everything in detail to where my 95 year old mother could understand... . Did a lot after we left to get the medication she needed at a reasonable price for her. Would give Alvernon Optical 20 stars if I could!
- Jan. 01, 2024
Best in town
- Dec. 21, 2023
The kindest people I have met in any business
- Dec. 14, 2023
Good service, good reminders, glasses ready very fast. Great customer service. Highly recommend. Plu... s a wide range of frames.
- Nov. 13, 2023
Great doctor and friendly staff. Great prices even without insurance. Me and my kiddos both come her... e 🙂
- Nov. 12, 2023
This review is long overdue, but I must praise Nadia and Myranda for their excellent, above and beyo... nd, assistance in finding me affordable and gorgeous glasses. Amazing service! Highly, highly recommend! Thanks ladies!
- Oct. 28, 2023
For starters, the store was very clean and well organized. I don’t know if I can point out just o... ne employee to give credit to because everyone was so helpful and took the time to explain my lenses to me and help me pick out the best pair for my job (I work in Construction). I will, definitely be coming back for all my future needs. Highly recommend!!!
- Sep. 14, 2023
Always accommodating.
- May. 31, 2023
Dr. Peterson is amazing. She goes above and beyond to explain your vision and any issues she sees. I... have tried 3 places in town, this by far and above is the best on the Eastside! Best customer service and easy to schedule!
- May. 29, 2023
Alvernon Optical goes above and beyond for their customers! Staff are super helpful and actually car... e!
- Apr. 20, 2023
Friendly staff, promptly fixed an issue with my glasses.

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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 Tucson 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 Tucson as soon as possible.


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Have an eye emergency?

Protect your vision by contacting Alvernon Optical - Tanque Verde in Tucson without delay!

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