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Eye Doctor Removes Foreign Objects from Eyes, Treats Injuries and Eye Infections

If this is an eye emergency, Call Us at the office nearest you, or go to the emergency room for immediate medical assistance.

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eye injury in Houston TexasEye injuries can look frightening and be a scary experience – yet don’t panic! Our qualified and compassionate eye doctors are here to help. It is not always necessary to rush to the emergency care center or hospital, where you can wait in line for hours. We have all the latest optometric technology and tools, and our eye doctor will examine your eyes in the comfort of our greater Houston clinics. For immediate medical attention and professional guidance, contact us in our conveniently located offices in Houston, Spring and The Woodlands, Texas.

The most common reasons for eye emergencies include infections, irritation from a foreign substance, extreme eye allergy symptoms, and foreign objects stuck in the eye. We will perform a comprehensive exam of your eyes to diagnose the problem and recommend the best treatment.

Any of the following symptoms could indicate an eye emergency that requires urgent care by our eye doctor:

  • Irritation or itchiness
  • Pain
  • Stinging or burning
  • Foreign object stuck in your eye
  • Burns
  • Red or pink eyes
  • Double Vision
  • Seeing flashes of light
  • New “floaters” in your field of view
  • Sudden vision loss, in one or both eyes
  • New sensitivity to light
  • Dark shadows gliding across your vision
  • Sudden changes in pupil size

Our offices in Houston, Spring, and The Woodlands are furnished with cutting-edge diagnostics. We will listen to your symptoms to assess the situation. Using top technology, our eye doctor will examine your eyes gently and thoroughly.

If we diagnose an eye infection, such as pink eye (conjunctivitis), or eye allergies, we will prescribe the best medication to alleviate your pain and resolve the problem. If we diagnose a serious condition that requires surgical care or the attention of an ophthalmologist, we will refer you to a first-rate, local specialist.

Immediate treatment for all eye emergencies goes far towards preventing possible vision complications in the future!

Removal of a Foreign Body from Your Eyes

woman with something stuck in her eye, removed by optometrist in Conroe TXWhen a foreign object or material becomes stuck in your eye, you’ll experience irritation. Depending upon the specific culprit, these feelings can range from mild to severe. As you probably know, even a stray eyelash can be very irritating. If you suspect that the offending object pierced the outer surface of your eye, it is imperative to seek immediate medical care!

Right after exposure to a foreign body, your ocular blood vessels will respond by dilating. Your cornea, eyelids, and conjunctiva (mucous membrane that covers your eye surface and inner eyelids) may become inflamed. The longer this foreign object remains in your eye, the higher the risk of eye infection.

If a piece of dirt, loose eyelash or other mild object becomes stuck in your eye, you can try the following steps to remove it:

  1. Wash your hands
  2. Locate the object by looking in a mirror
  3. Blink to generate tears, which may wash the object out. (Do not rub your eye!)
  4. If the object is stuck behind your upper eyelid, it may help to pull your upper lid forwards and over the lower eyelid. Then roll your eye upward, which can push the object off the upper lid.
  5. If the object is under your lower eyelid or in the corner of your eye, use a damp cotton swab or cloth to gently remove it.
  6. Try to flush the object out. Fill a small glass (or eyecup, if you have one) with lukewarm water, and place your eye over the cup. While keeping your eye open, rinse it. Alternatively, you can pour lukewarm water into your eye to flush it out.

Your eyes are extremely sensitive and delicate. If you try repeatedly to remove something that is stuck in your eye, you may cause further damage. Our eye doctor has extensive training and experience in removing foreign objects and treating eye emergencies. We will generally try to flush the object out with an eye rinse first. Yet, if this doesn’t work, our eye doctor may insert numbing eye drops and use specialized tools to extract the object safely.

Eye Infections

little girl eye infection treatment in Spring TXA broad range of problems can cause eye infection. Eye contact with chemicals, even a tiny amount, can lead to irritation and infection. A surface scratch on your cornea or a minor eye injury can also result in an eye infection. When left untreated, some types of eye infection can harm your vision.

Signs of an eye infection may include:

  • Watery, yellow, green, or bloody discharge from the eye
  • Red eyes or eyelids
  • Pain in your eye
  • Sensation that something is stuck in your eye
  • Increased sensitivity to light
  • A white or gray sore on your iris
  • Blurry vision, or other vision changes
  • Fever, with no other cause

In general, people who wear contact lenses suffer more extreme eye infections. If you suspect that your eyes are infected, remove your contacts and wear eyeglasses until you receive treatment from our eye doctor.

It is usual for eyes to water or tear, and a small quantity of creamy or white discharge is perfectly normal. If you do not experience any other symptoms or pain, medical treatment is generally unnecessary. However, when your entire eye area is affected and/or there is substantial tearing or a different color of discharge, it is recommended to contact your eye doctor for evaluation.

If you undergo eye trauma and still feel pain a few hours afterwards, please contact our offices in Houston, Spring, The Woodlands or Conroe for assistance – and to prevent possible complications.

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Dr. Inns is a 1982 graduate of the University of Houston College of Optometry. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Wilfred Laurier University, Canada. During his training at the University of Houston, he held positions in research and was a teaching assistant / laboratory instructor.

Postgraduate work includes therapeutic courses at Pennsylvania College of Optometry and the Optometric Glaucoma Specialist Course at the University of Texas Medical School. Dr. Inns has published in Optometry Today and Optometric Management. He also volunteers at the schools in his area.

Dr. Inns and his wife, Lynn, spend much of their spare time calling and visiting with their four boys.

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Amber Draper, Manager

As the manager of The Woodlands office, Amber Draper leads the team with the focus on patient care and assisting with their ophthalmic needs. Having over 10 years experience, Amber can aid patients with the most appropriate lens technology to match their daily needs. Everyone needs at least one pair of sun wear, especially here in Texas.

Amber is a proud graduate of Sam Houston State University with a BA in History, and a minor in Spanish.

In her spare time, she is with family, friends, and enjoying some Houston Texans Football.

Dr. Toups is a 1984 graduate of the University of Houston College of Optometry. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy from Northeast Louisiana University.

Being a therapeutically licensed optometrist, Dr. Toups is trained to diagnose and treat ocular conditions. He specializes in contact lenses and he is current with all refractive surgery procedures.

Dr. Toups is married, has five children and has lived in the Houston area since 1980.