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Emergency Eye Care in Pittsburgh

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Prepared for Eye Care Emergencies

Eye emergencies can occur at any time, and our team at McCauley Eyecare Associates pride themselves on being available to our patients to assist them during eye emergencies. We value the patient experience and strive to ensure all your eye care needs are met. 

Our dedicated team in Pittsburgh’s North Hills is willing and ready to assist you with eye emergencies ranging from eye infections to eye injuries and other serious issues. 

If you’re dealing with an eye emergency, contact us today and receive emergency eye care.

What is Considered an Eye Emergency?

Eye emergencies have a wide scope and can range from surface injuries to infections. Dealing with eye emergencies and injuries of any kind can be stressful, and at McCauley Family Eyecare Associates, we’re equipped to assist with eye emergencies such as:  

  • Eye infections
  • Eye trauma
  • Dislodged contact lenses
  • Foreign objects stuck in your eyes

These are just an example of some of the issues you may face, and we recognize anything that affects your vision can be scary. Our team is experienced with eye emergencies and will work to utilize the necessary tools and treatments to attend to your eye injuries. 

Contact us to receive treatment when dealing with an eye emergency.

Different Types of Eye Emergencies

“Eye emergencies” is a loose term for anything that can damage your eyes and vision. Understanding the different ways that eye emergencies can occur can help you understand how to handle them in the moment before you’re able to visit us for treatment.

Chemical Injuries

Chemical eye injuries can occur at any moment, even while cleaning around the house. Chemicals from cleaning products, garden chemicals, and industrial chemicals can harm your eyes through accidental cross-contamination.

It’s essential to use caution when handling alkaline products such as drain cleaners, sodium hydroxide, and lye, as they can cause severe damage to your cornea.

If you do accidentally get chemicals in your eyes, the following steps are recommended:

  • Thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water.
  • Turn your head so the affected eye is down and to the side.
  • Hold the affected eyelid open and flush with clean tap water for 15 minutes.

If you experience a chemical splash, please visit us right away. If it’s outside of office hours, go to your nearest emergency room.

Small foreign objects, like sand and dust, can get in your eye and cause irritation. When this occurs, there are some steps you can follow:

  • Do not rub your eye, and try blinking to see if it clears your eye.
  • Make sure to wash your hands before touching your eye and looking for the object—you may need help with this.
  • Use artificial tear drops to help rinse out the foreign object.
  • Contact our office if the object is stuck and you cannot remove it.

Large foreign objects like glass or metal that enter your eyes can severely affect your eyes and your vision. If a large foreign object is stuck in your eye, this is a medical emergency, and you should seek treatment at an emergency room as soon as possible.

It is essential not to touch the object, apply pressure, or attempt to remove it.

Conjunctivitis, also known as pink eye, is an inflammation or infection of the transparent membrane that lines your eyelid and covers the white area of your eyeball. Conjunctivitis is usually caused by a bacterial or viral infection or an allergic reaction.

Common signs and symptoms of conjunctivitis can include:

  • Redness in the affected eye
  • Itchiness in the affected eye
  • Tearing in the affected eye

While conjunctivitis can be irritating, it rarely affects your vision in a severe way. However, conjunctivitis can be contagious and is spread through direct and indirect contact, so it’s advisable to seek treatment as soon as possible.

Your eye doctor may prescribe antibiotics, eye drops, or ointment for conjunctivitis treatment.

A Cautious Approach to Eye Health

At McCauley Celin Eyecare Associates, we employ a cautious, experienced approach to emergency eye care. If you experience an eye care emergency, get in contact with us to receive treatment and professional advice as soon as possible. 

Book an appointment with us to learn more about emergency eye care and be prepared for eye emergencies.

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We’re located on Brooktree Road in the Brooktree Center Office Park. If you have trouble finding us, please give us a call.

  • 1000 Brooktree Rd. Suite 300
  • Wexford, PA 15090

Closed for lunch 12:45 pm to 1:45 pm


Find us just off Perry Highway next to Allegheny North Veterinary Hospital. Please give us a call if you have any trouble locating our office.

  • 956 Perry Hwy.
  • Pittsburgh, PA 15237

Closed for lunch 12:45 pm to 1:45 pm


Our practice is located just off William Flinn Highway. Give us a call if you have any problems finding us.

  • 5450 William Flinn Hwy.
  • Gibsonia, PA 15044

Closed for lunch 12:45 pm to 1:45 pm

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