Eye Emergencies in Lacey

Eye Emergencies in Lacey

Foreign objects or stabbing pains in your eye? Don’t wait!

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Experiencing a stab of pain in your eye?

Sudden changes in vision? Images appearing faded, blurry or foggy?

Got chemicals or another foreign object or substance in your eye?

Come visit Rouse EyeCare Center for emergency eye care.

Our Lacey optometrists can help you preserve your vision and eye health.

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We understand that accidents happen.

Our optometrists know exactly what to do to help you through your eye care emergency.

Whether it’s a workplace accident, an at-home incident, or some other emergency requiring immediate attention, we’re here to help you preserve your eye health and sight!


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What To Do If You Have an Eye Emergency

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First things first. Don’t panic! Staying calm is the best way to help you think straight and help those around you to remain calm. Often, it’s not necessary to go to an emergency room for eye emergencies. In fact, the vast majority of people who go to the emergency room for eye care could have received treatment from their local optometrist instead.

If you’re unsure whether you’re experiencing an eye emergency, give us a call immediately! Delay may increase the risk of serious complications and may result in vision loss.

Until you see your eye doctor or seek urgent care, avoid the following:

  • Don’t try to remove an embedded object out of your eye
  • If your eye is injured, don't press on it or rub it
  • Dry cotton and sharp instruments such as tweezers should never be used on the eye.

Whether you've had a workplace accident or an at-home incident, our eye doctors are here to help


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Patient Reviews
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- Feb. 08, 2024
Rouse Eyecare is a fantastic center to get your optic needs. They are friendly and cooperative on ap... pointments. They listen to your concerns and help resolve any issues. You feel valued at this office.
- Jan. 15, 2024
Professional team and very nice service.
- Jan. 13, 2024
Super customer service from start to finish. I was able to get a quick appointment for an eye exam a... nd the office staff, Dr Rouse, and the opticians are all superb! A great experience.
- Jan. 09, 2024
Professional, thorough services, exam, choice of eyeware.
- Dec. 28, 2023
Most thorough exam I've received in the last 20 years, and who knew shopping for frames could be so ... much fun? Melissa is the BEST - truly great at helping us pick the perfect pairs.
- Dec. 24, 2023
Highly recommend Rouse for their excellent selection of eyeglass frames.
- Dec. 03, 2023
Wonderful customer service
- Dec. 01, 2023
Dr. Rouse is fantastic. Mia Pinto, the lead optician, is AMAZING. She was great to talk to, has an e... xcellent eye, and helped me find glasses I'm excited about wearing. Thank you!
- Nov. 11, 2023
Fantastic team here!! Dr Rouse is phenomenal and the team behind him are caring, helpful and forward... thinking. I appreciate the care I received and will recommend. Thank you!
- Oct. 15, 2023
Great clinic nice staff and easy to book an appointment in a timely manner.
- Oct. 06, 2023
Absolutely professional knowledgeable staff. And Dr Rouse is absolutely fantastic
- Sep. 29, 2023
I called hoping to get in because I was in so much discomfort, they were so kind they got me right i... n and I felt so much better when I left.
- Sep. 03, 2023
Great and friendly office for glasses and contact lens.
- Aug. 29, 2023
I can’t say enough great things about Dr. Rouse and his amazing staff! I scheduled an appointment ... here because I had been having issues with my eyes for a couple of weeks. My Vision in my right eye was especially bad. I originally went to a different doctor who told me I had dry eye. However, I had a feeling there was more to it than just dry eye, so I made an appointment with Dr. Rouse to have him give me an exam and see if he thought the previous doctors diagnosis was accurate. Dr. Rouse took such good care of me from start to finish! He really cared about what I was going through and listened to all of my concerns. After completing a very thorough exam he determined that I had a lot more going on then just dry eye. It was serious and he knew I was scared. He told me to trust him and to know that “he’s got me”. I do trust him. I’ve never had a doctor tell me something like that before and it felt so reassuring to know that I was in such great hands and that I was finally going to get the answers I was looking for. He explained everything to me in detail about what was happening with my eyes and then immediately referred me to Sound Retina so I could be seen right away to start treatment. I was so scared and couldn’t stop crying but him and all of his staff were so kind and showed me a tremendous amount of empathy for what I was now faced with. For that, I will always be grateful and as long as Dr. Rouse is practicing, he will always be my eye doctor. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
- Aug. 17, 2023
Dr. Rouse was such a nice and easy to talk to person.
- Aug. 15, 2023
As a former Dispensing Optician for Dr. Rouse, I was enabled to learn and grow more at this practice... than any other practice I worked for before or since. His passion for knowledge is infectious. His commitment to health and wellness is unparalleled. If you need a true comprehensive eye health exam, this is the ONLY place you should be going. You will NOT be disappointed.
- Aug. 11, 2023
Dr. Rouse is very good and takes his time with you during the eye exam. He has a great personality t... hat makes you feel comfortable. To be honest, if you are on a fixed income, their prices for glasses are too high and you may find you want to take your prescription some place else but this is a good eye Doctor!
- Apr. 23, 2023
Want to highly recommend Dr Craig Rouse, optometric physician in Lacey. Here's why: We had an eye em... ergency-of course, on a Sunday morning. A poke in the eye, resulting in Intense pain. Urgent care visit, confirming that part of the cornea was scraped out, received antibiotic scrip and told to contact ophthalmologist on Monday. Also received list of "eye care resources." After an hour back home, with pain increasing, started calling eye drs on list who provided "off-hours emergency care." Kept getting office closed message with "hit this # for emergency care," we did, and they all all returned to initial office closed, hit this # for emergency" message. Even the "big" local eye dr office. Until we called Rouse Eye Care Center. He answered himself, met us at his office within 20 minutes, examined eye, provided pain treatment, drops to keep eye lubricated, and a stronger antibiotic, and scheduled a Wed am follow up visit. Wow! Pain stopped immediately, used antibiotic and lubrication eye drops, and eye was healed by Wed am visit. Woohoo!
- Mar. 24, 2023
My daughter and her bf were on town visiting from Virginia and he had an eye emergency. They were se... en within 15 minutes and given his antibiotic eye drop. And we were on our way. Thank you!
- Jan. 05, 2023
Best experience ever. Everyone is so welcoming and nice! I wish I would have got her name but she ev... en remembered me from my phone call when I was making an appointment. If I could give 100 stars I would!

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Eye Emergencies FAQs

What is considered an eye emergency?

Eye emergencies are anything that may cause permanent damage to your eyes or vision without timely intervention from an eye care professional.

The most common types of eye emergencies include:

  • A blow, poke or other trauma to the eye
  • Sudden loss of vision in one or both eyes
  • Chemical spills in the eye
  • Foreign object embedded in the eye
  • Sudden appearance of light flashes or floaters
  • Contact lens lost in the eye
Does an eye infection require urgent care?

Symptoms of an eye infection typically include itching, burning, redness, crusty and watery eyes. See a Lacey eye doctor if your symptoms last over 4 days or if you experience intense pain, redness, blurred vision or light sensitivity.

What should I do if a foreign object enters my eye?

Most of the time, a person can easily remove debris from the eye by repeatedly blinking to get the debris out. If that doesn't work, you can wash your eye with saline (sterile salt water) to flush out any dust and dirt from your eye, or use streaming tap water.

However, to scratch your cornea while attempting to get an object out which can cause further site-threatening complications.

So the best thing you can do in this kind of eye emergency is to get to your eye doctor in Lacey as soon as possible.


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Have an eye emergency?

Protect your vision by contacting Rouse EyeCare Center in Lacey without delay!

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