Los Angeles Eye Emergency? What should you do if you suffer a blow to your eye

Published on
January 27, 2023

Eye injuries are a significant public health concern, and it's estimated that about 2.5 million eye injuries occur in the United States each year. Eye injuries can happen at any age, but they are more common in children and young adults.
Eye trauma can range from a minor bump or bruise to a more serious injury. It is important to understand the different types of eye trauma and when to seek medical attention.

Different types of eye trauma

Superficial bruises: These are common and can occur without any specific cause or trauma. They appear as blood on the white part of the eye and are not usually painful. They will take time to heal and the body will reabsorb it. It is still good to have them looked at by our eye doctor.

Full-on trauma: If you have had a significant injury, such as getting hit in the eye with a baseball, it is important to have it looked at by our eye doctor. This type of injury can cause internal damage and a dilated eye exam is required to take a look inside the eye.

If you suffer a blow to your eye, what should you do?

If you suffer a blow to your eye, it is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible. Depending on the degree of the injury, there are different steps you should take:

  • If you have a lot of bruising and painful swelling around the eye, it is an emergency and you should go to the emergency room. They will check both the eye and the bone structures in the orbit.
  • When you get hit in the eye, you may not see a change in your vision right away. But even a small injury can affect your vision. That's why it's important to go see our eye doctor after an eye injury, even if it seems minor. Our eye doctor will check your eye to make sure everything is okay, and will also check your eye pressure and vision. It's best to go see an eye doctor as soon as you can, so any problems can be caught early.

If you experience any changes in your vision after a blow to your eye, it is important to schedule an appointment with our eye doctor as soon as possible. If you don’t already have a trusted optometrist or live too far from our office in Bellflower, you might begin your search online by entering “eye doctor near me” or “emergency eye exam near me”.

Why should you see an eye doctor if you suffer a blow to your eye?

It is important to visit our eye doctor if you suffer a blow to your eye because they will be able to assess the extent of the injury and provide appropriate treatment. Our eye doctor can check for any internal damage, surface injuries, and evaluate the pressure inside the eye. They may also perform a dilated eye exam to check for any internal injuries or bleeding. They also can check for any changes in vision which could be a symptom of a more serious injury. Additionally, they can also provide guidance on how to properly care for your eye during the healing process and can also monitor for any possible complications. Even if the blow to the eye seems minor, it is still important to have it checked out by our eye doctor, as some injuries may not be immediately obvious but can cause long-term damage if not treated properly.

Visit our eye doctor in Bellflower for an eye emergency or to evaluate your eye injury

If you have suffered from any kind of eye trauma, it is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible. Our eye care professionals are available for emergency appointments, and early detection and treatment can help preserve your vision and prevent serious complications. Don't hesitate to schedule an appointment with our eye doctor if you start experiencing any visual symptoms. To schedule an evaluation, please call (562) 925-6591. Those searching for top quality medical eye care, particularly in emergency situations, come to our clinic from all over California ,and we are proud to be a leading provider of medical eye care services and emergency eye exams for patients from Bellflower, Long Beach, Lakewood, and Los Angeles.


I haven't actually used the optometrist side, so my review is limited to the vision therapy offered.  This office was recommended by my occupational therapist for the treatment of my double vision following a stroke.

Claire A.

Love this location. I had a brain injury accident from day one one. All the team make you feel you still important and hope in the horizon after when the medical system fell you miserably. Dr. Ikeda very professional and very understanding about your issue. Two tombs up.

Jim K.

My husband and I were immediately impressed with Dr Ikeda. I was hit by a car while cycling which caused broken bones and three brain injuries. The brain injuries caused double vision. Dr. Ikeda examined my eyes and got me started on vision therapy with his occupational therapist who specializes in vision therapy.  She (Chris) is absolutely great.  I am impressed with the array of tools used to help recover my binocular vision.  I am doing things I never thought were possible (balance boards etc).  Chris pushes me and keeps me motivated. I really enjoy my sessions with her.  The office staff is always friendly and they have a wonderful appointment reminder tool that makes it easy to keep my calendar up to date. I am happy the rehab center at Little Co. of Mary recommended them!!

Teresa S.

The Vision Therapy is handled in a separate office through a different door from the shared waiting room. Chris, the vision therapist, has a wide and varied assortment of tools, equipment and resources to best evaluate and treat most vision issues. After just a few visits, my double vision became easier to control, using exercises developed during the therapy process. It was time well-spent.

Joe M.

I have been coming here since I can remember. I love it here. The staff is so amazing and nice. They explain everything they gonna do and never make you feel rushed. Dr. Ikeda has always been my doctor and I would never want another one. He is the doctor for my whole family and is always asking how everyone is doing. I am also so crazy about picking out my frames and have to try so many and each person who helps me take the time and lets me try them all on. I would never want to go anywhere else! I definitely would recommend this office to anyone looking for a great eye doctor.

Kayla W.

This is not for the eye exam but for the frames selection portion. I brought my prescription from Kaiser here with my VSP insurance. The reception staff was very polite and professional.  Manny helped me to pick out frames and explain my coverage.  Very helpful and patient not like the individual at the other place I rated here on Yelp.  I was running late and he still helped me and was not bothered at all.  I am so glad I came here ..........very pleased.

Very professional staff and pleasant.

Daniel G.
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