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Drs. Michael Cook & David Cler, Optometrists

Irvine: Call 949-250-1415
Laguna Beach: Call 949-494-1892

Red, Pink or Sore Eyes?

We are ready to look after ALL of your eye care needs in one location. In addition to the services you already rely on us for such as routine eye exams, contact lenses. designer frames and eyeglasses - think of your Optometrist first for:

  • sore, red, or itchy eyes
  • treatment of "pink eye" and other bacterial infections
  • removal of foreign bodies from the eye (such as wood or metal)
  • treatment of eye allergies or burns
  • emergency eye care

This is convenient and cost-effective for your whole family and you can be sure you are receiving the attention of an eye care specialist.

When to Seek Medical Care

In most cases, if you have continuing symptoms of pain, visual disturbance, or bleeding, you should see an optometrist.

In general, if you are not sure if you have a serious eye injury, call our optometrist for advice.

Calling your optometrist may be helpful in the following circumstances:

Chemical exposures: If you are not sure if the exposure is potentially serious, you have washed out your eye, and you have few symptoms, then your optometrist may be able to help you decide whether or not you should be seen immediately.

Subconjunctival hemorrhage: If you are not sure that you have this condition, your optometrist may be able to help with the diagnosis. This condition does not require immediate medical attention.Continuing pain and decreased vision after an eye injury can be warning signs that require prompt medical attention. See your optometrist immediately, he or she may be able to take care of you in the office. Otherwise, go to a hospital's emergency department.

The following conditions should be seen promptly by an optometrist or in the emergency department:

Chemical exposures: If the substance was known to be caustic, immediate medical evaluation by either an optometrist or in the emergency department is needed, regardless of symptoms. Acids and alkalis are the worst and require immediate attention. If the substance is not dangerous, such as soap or suntan lotion, a visit to the emergency department is not necessary, but a visit to the optometrist's office may be helpful to alleviate any remaining symptoms. When in doubt, seek medical attention.

Lacerations: Cuts that affect the eyelid margins (where the eyelashes are) or the eyeball itself need immediate medical attention. Foreign bodies that are not removed with gentle washing should be evaluated by an optometrist.

Solar retinopathy: Evaluation by an optometrist is necessary. This is one condition where there is little that can be done in the emergency department.