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Q&A with Dr. Lewis in Camas and Vancouver WA on Eye Emergencies- Foreign Body Removal

Welcome to part 2 of our series on Eye Emergencies and what to do if you are in Camas or Vancouver WA during business hours.

Today we will be asking him about Foreign Body Removal

Q: I have sand stuck in my eye, is it dangerous?

A: Most of the time, sand can be flushed out of the eye with water or artificial tears. If you still have discomfort despite having flushed the eye, you should be evaluated by an eye doctor. Unless the sand causes an abrasion that leads to infection, the risk to vision is low.

Q: I have something stuck in my eye, how should I remove it?

A: If you are unable to flush out a foreign body from the eye, it is best to see your eye doctor for removal.

Q: I feel like I have dirt in my eye when I wear contact lenses, is that dangerous?

A: This could indicate a number of different things such as contact lenses that have developed small cracks or tears, contact lenses that have deposits of protein or lipid, solution allergy, corneal abrasion or dry eye. The best course is usually to not wear contact lenses for a few days and let the eye recover. Then begin wearing them again with a fresh pair. If you still have discomfort, you should be seen by your eye doctor.

Q: I spilled some chemical in my eye, should I remove my contacts or leave them in?

A: For any chemicals that get into the eye, you should flush the eyes for 20-30 minutes. If the contact lenses don’t come out after flushing the eyes for a few minutes, remove them and then continue to flush the eyes.

Stay tuned in 2 weeks time for the 3rd in our series of questions and answers with Dr. Lewis on Eye Emergencies in Vancouver and Camas WA.

For more information on what to do if you have something stuck in your eye, please click here.

Dear Patients,

Dr. Lewis Eye Care has made the difficult choice to temporarily close due to the COVID-19 virus pandemic based on the recommendation of the CDC. We cannot perform eye exams while maintaining social distancing, so continuing to see patients at this time could contribute to the spread of the virus.

Our initial plan had been to reopen Monday April 6th. However, as we get closer to that date it is becoming apparent that we may have to be closed for a longer, indefinite period of time.

If you are having an urgent eye health issue, there are some clinics in our area that are seeing patients for emergencies during shorter business hours. You should call ahead to those offices before going to their clinic, as their availability might change day by day. Those clinics could include Vancouver Eye Care at 360-823-2020, Peace Health Medical Group Eye Care at 360-514-7210, and Vancouver Clinic in Salmon Creek at 360-882-2778.

If you need a glasses or contact lens prescription emailed to you from our office, click on the Contact Form link, type in your name, email, and what you are requesting, and we will email you the information you need as soon as we can.

Thank you for your understanding, and please stay healthy during this difficult time.

Sincerely,

Dr. Scott Lewis, OD