Eye Emergencies in Columbia

Eye Emergencies in Columbia

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 Primary EyeCare - Columbia for emergency eye care.

Our Columbia 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


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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 Columbia 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 Columbia as soon as possible.

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- May. 16, 2024
Everyone was super cool and nice. And loved the selection of frames. SO MANY FRAMES.
- Apr. 04, 2024
We use to go to another Optometrist which I really like but it was hard to get an appointment & I ha... d been an established patient for years. Primary Eye Care got me right in, the employees are friendly & efficient & seem to go out of their way. Primary Eye Care is the only place we’ll go for all our eye needs.
- Feb. 15, 2024
I had an amazing experience here! Everyone was so friendly & welcoming. They got me in super quickly... after I had an accident that injured my eye. I was so impressed by the staff! ❤️
- Feb. 02, 2024
Wow. I had the best experience I've ever had at an eye clinic. Fast, professional, and not in a hurr... y to get me in and out. They answered all of my questions, got my Rx fixed that another clinic messed up on and were very friendly. They get my whole family's business from here on! I never leave Google reviews but I had to on this one. Great business to deal with.
- Dec. 28, 2023
10/10 the front desk, the assistants, the doctor the price and the glasses store are all 10/10 best ... eye appointment I've ever had!
- Oct. 12, 2023
Incredible customer service from the entire staff. Had a bad eye infection and was in a lot of pain.... My regular doctor was out of town and I found them on Google Maps (after striking out at two other places). Walked in with no appointment, they had a full schedule, but they immediately responded with compassion and got me in to see a doctor. Went above and beyond in their care. They obviously put the patient first.
- May. 10, 2023
Loved my experience here. From front desk to exam room to frames purchasing, they make you feel at e... ase and kindness just flows throughout the building.
- Apr. 14, 2023
Dr pace and staff are very Professional, friendly and absolutely wonderful people.
- Mar. 10, 2023
I was a new patient at this office and had an amazing experience! I was able to book my appointment ... the day before, and it went smooth, comfortable, and quick. They have lots of frames to choose from, and had the prescription filled in less than a week. They fixed my old glasses too, and installed a new screw. Everyone was so kind here and boosted my self esteem. Highly recommend this place for your vision needs!
- Feb. 02, 2023
Cannot say enough good things about Primary EyeCare! The staff and doctors are all so welcoming and ... pleasant, they are super knowledgable and great at what they do, and they make my kids feel comfortable and included when they get their exams. Thankful we found this little gem of a place!
- Nov. 28, 2022
I just had a new patient appointment at this office with my new baby girl in tow. Though I tried to ... schedule it at a good time for her, she started crying about halfway through the appointment. The staff and doctor were so understanding, and some even held her for me to try to calm her while I finished up my appointment. They went above and beyond to help this new mom out, and their kindness meant so much. Definitely recommend this office.
- Sep. 09, 2022
Super friendly and extremely helpful staff! Dr. Pace put me right at ease and helped with all my que... stions. Would definitely recommend them if you’ve had bad experiences elsewhere!
- Aug. 09, 2022
Great, professional, friendly folks and such care for their patients. Great group of people!
- Dec. 02, 2021
A+ eye-care. Office team members were extremely helpful from the exam to glasses selection. They wer... e also very accommodating to having a two-year-old along for the visit. Highly recommend their services to anyone!
- Nov. 30, 2021
Extremely sweet and helpful.
- Oct. 27, 2021
Today was my first visit to this office, and EVERYONE was professional, friendly, and very helpful. ... Dr. Young was very knowledgeable and listened patiently to my concerns and thoughts. From the front desk to the frame selection room, I was treated with respect and kindness. Thank you for a wonderful experience!
- Nov. 12, 2020
What a amazing place. I was so pleased with the friendly staff and great service - not to mention gr... eat glasses 🙂
- Mar. 18, 2020
Everyone there is great. Love Dr. Young💗
- Mar. 17, 2020
The staff was great and personalble. They showed great concern for what I had stated what I was want... ing to spend and stayed within my budget. Saniitation wasd done in front of me . i felt so comfortable.
- Feb. 12, 2020
This is probably the first doctor's office of any kind I have visited where everyone had a welcoming... attitude! I took my oldest daughter there for an exam this morning and ALL the staff we encountered at her visit were super nice and professional! The optometrist was thorough and engaged. I made an appointment for my other daughter and I before we left!

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Hours
  • Monday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thursday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
Insurance Plans
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  • Medicare
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  • Aetna
  • Cigna
  • Spectera
  • Superior Vision
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  • EyeMed
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