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Q&A on Eye Emergencies with Dr. Lewis in Camas and Vancouver WA – Scratches and Eye Trauma

This is the third in our series on what to do if you have an eye emergency during business hours in Camas and Vancouver WA. Today we'll be asking the Doctor about scratches and trauma to your eyes.


Q: My child scratched their eye...what should I do?

A: A scratched eye should be evaluated by an eye doctor. The severity and amount of pain that the child is in will usually depend on the whether the cornea (the central clear covering on the eye) is impacted.

Q: Is a scratch on the eye dangerous?

A: Most abrasions heal quickly with appropriate care within a couple days. An abrasion to the cornea could become dangerous if an infection occurs.


Q: I got hit in the eye with a baseball, is that dangerous for my vision?

A: Yes. Blunt trauma can cause damage to both the front and back of the eye and should be evaluated by an eye doctor as soon as possible. Sometimes damage to the eye can impact the orbital bones surrounding the eye.

Q: Should I visit an eye doctor if I got a black eye?

A: Any trauma that causes pain, decrease in vision, or symptoms such as flashes or floaters should be evaluated by an eye doctor as soon as possible.

Q: I have pain in my eye after getting a black eye, should I visit the emergency room or an eye doctor?

A: Ideally an eye doctor should evaluate injuries of the eye instead of an emergency room physician. If your local eye doctor is not available, an emergency room will often refer eye injuries to an ophthalmologist.

During business hours, you can walk in to Dr. Lewis's practice inside the Camas Walmart and you will usually be seen in a matter of minutes.

If it's during business hours, why waste the day in the E.R. just to be referred back to your local area Eye Doctor?

To learn more about what to do during an Eye Emergency 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.


Dr. Scott Lewis, OD