When to seek medical attention for a scratched eye

What should you do if you scratch your eye? Schedule an emergency eye exam today! 

When to seek medical attention for a scratched eye in Bellflower

If you have scratched your eye, it is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible. While the majority of scratched eye cases do not cause permanent damage, even a small scratch can be very painful and can lead to serious complications if left untreated. You should schedule an appointment with our optometrist as soon as possible. Call us right away to schedule if you scratched your eye or are experiencing  any of the following symptoms: severe pain, excessive tearing, sensitivity to light, the feeling that something is in your eye, or vision changes. Additionally, if the scratch does not heal within a few days or if it becomes worse, you should promptly seek medical attention. Waiting to seek care can increase the risk of infection and can lead to scarring and vision loss. Remember that early detection and treatment are crucial for the best outcomes, so please don't hesitate to contact us at (562) 925-6591 if you have any concerns about your eye health.

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When should you see an eye doctor for a scratched eye?

If you have scratched your eye, it is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible. Here are some specific circumstances in which you should seek medical attention for a scratched eye:

  • If the scratch is deep or extends over a large area of the cornea, deep scratches can cause damage to the underlying layers of the cornea and may require treatment with antibiotics or other medications.
  • If you are experiencing severe pain, light sensitivity, or blurred vision in addition to the scratch, these symptoms can be signs of a more serious problem, such as an infection or inflammation.
  • If the scratch is located near the center of the cornea, the center of the cornea is responsible for most of your visual acuity, so any damage to this area can have a significant impact on your vision.
  • If you are not sure whether the scratch requires medical attention.
  • If you have any foreign object stuck in your eye, such as dirt, dust, or a small particle.
  • If you have an underlying eye condition, such as dry eye or an autoimmune disorder, that could increase your risk of complications from a scratched eye.
  • If the scratch is accompanied by other eye injuries, such as a cut on the eyelid or swelling around the eye.
  • If the scratch is a result of a chemical burn or exposure to a hazardous substance.
  • If you have any underlying health conditions that could affect the healing process, such as diabetes or a weakened immune system.

It is always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to eye injuries, please call our office at (562) 925-6591 so that you can discuss the specifics about your scratch and receive instructions on the best course of action. Our optometrist can evaluate the scratch and determine the best course of treatment. Do not delay seeking medical attention, as scratched eyes can lead to serious complications if left untreated. To schedule an evaluation, please call (562) 925-6591.

Is a scratched eye common?

Each year, 300,000 people in the United States seek emergency medical attention for eye injuries sustained at work.  Scratched eye or corneal abrasions are particularly common in the workplace, for example US auto workers have an annual incidence of 15 per 1000 employees. In primary care clinics, eye complaints are responsible for 2% of visits and traumatic conditions, and foreign bodies are the reason for 8% of these visits.

Is a scratched eye common?
Is a scratched eye common?

Is a scratched eye common?

There are many ways in which you could scratch your eye at a workplace. Some common examples include:

  • Accidentally poking your eye with a tool or other object.
  • Getting dust, dirt, or other foreign particles in your eye.
  • Being hit in the eye with a flying object, such as a piece of debris or a tool.
  • Being splashed in the eye with a chemical or other hazardous substance.
  • Having eye contact with a strong irritant, such as paint fumes or cleaning agents.
  • Scratching your eye with sharp edges on equipment or machinery.
  • Being struck in the eye by a moving object, such as a conveyor belt or a forklift.
  • Being hit in the eye by a falling object, such as a box or a tool.
  • Getting debris or dust in your eye while working in a dirty or dusty environment.
  • Accidentally rubbing your eye with dirty or contaminated hands.
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Visit Amplify EyeCare of Greater Long Beach for a scratched eye, a leading provider of emergency eye care and medical eye care in Bellflower

If you are in need of an eye doctor near you, look no further! Our team of experienced optometrists are here to provide you with the highest quality eye care. From routine eye exams to the treatment of eye injuries and diseases, we have you covered. To schedule an evaluation for a scratched eye, please call (562) 925-6591. Patients with eye injuries such as corneal abrasions visit our clinic from all over California, and we are proud to be a leading provider of emergency eye care and medical eye care 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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