Eye Emergencies in Pittsburgh

Eye Emergencies in Pittsburgh

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 Eyetique - McKnight for emergency eye care.

Our Pittsburgh 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 Pittsburgh 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 Pittsburgh as soon as possible.

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- Jul. 12, 2024
(Translated by Google) Wonderful people work here who are ready to help in any matter! Thanks for th... e contact lens solution! 🙏 (Original) Здесь работают прекрасные люди, которые готовы помочь в любом вопросе! Спасибо за раствор для контактных линз! 🙏
- Apr. 30, 2024
Dr Jenkins did a thorough exam, took her time and was very helpfu and professionall. Logan, the tec... hnician was an absolute delight. He took all the time needed to help me select glasses (3 pairs). He also makes you feel special by devoting himself to helping you. LOVE this place! I’ve already suggested it to several people.
- Mar. 07, 2024
Dr Jenkins is super kind, patient and helpful in every way possible. Staff was friendly and helped m... ake the overall experience quick but quality filled.
- Mar. 05, 2024
The staff was very professional, my 5 year old daughter did well and was comfortable with the staff.... We had a good experience.
- Feb. 12, 2024
Great service. Great staff.
- Jan. 01, 2024
Great experience
- Dec. 22, 2023
Good experience, friendly, reasonable prices.
- Jul. 18, 2023
Good service. But eye drops not providing any relief. The itch is worse.
- Jun. 16, 2023
very professional. Amanda was also super nice!
- Jun. 01, 2023
Everyone was very kind & there was a very good selection of eyeglasses to choose from!
- Apr. 15, 2023
Wonderful place for getting glasses and they accept all sorts of insurance and pretty cheap to getti... ng glasses if you don't have insurance
- Apr. 11, 2023
Amazing service... my mom bought frames there last year, but they've been loose. We finally stopped ... this afternoon to have them adjusted. It's hard for her to get out of the car, so I walked in with the glasses and asked for them to be adjusted. The person there said he'd come out to the car -- he did, took them in for one adjustment, checked them out then took them back and adjusted again ... then came back to the car and gave them to my mom. Perfect fit, and it made it soooooo much easier for him to come talk with her. THANK YOU!!!!!
- Mar. 28, 2023
I'm very pleased with how thorough Dr. Jenkins was. The staff were very helpful, through the entire... process.
- Mar. 05, 2023
The team was very friendly and professional
- Feb. 26, 2023
Excellent customer service from all staff nice and friendly. Very helpful very informational.
- Nov. 29, 2022
I was served with kindness and professionalism. I found the frames I wanted for my glasses and every... thing went smoothly, in a very short time I had my pair of glasses. This is the second year I have worked with them and I have no complaints.
- Nov. 28, 2022
I had a good experience here. The staff was knowledgeable. They got me exactly the glass frames an... d lenses I wanted. They got me in and out quickly with no waiting around. I recommend this Eyetique location.
- Nov. 09, 2022
Very friendly and professional
- Nov. 01, 2022
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- May. 27, 2022
Easy scheduling, people are friendly and helpful. I go every year.

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Have an eye emergency?

Protect your vision by contacting Eyetique - McKnight in Pittsburgh without delay!

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