Eye Emergencies in Thornton

Eye Emergencies in Thornton

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 EyeCare Specialties of Colorado - Thornton for emergency eye care.

Our Thornton 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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Our optometry practice in Thornton

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Hours
  • Monday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Tuesday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Wednesday 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Thursday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Friday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sunday Closed
Insurance Plans
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Medicare
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Patient Reviews
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- Feb. 21, 2024
Dr Joel Riggs was very patient and informative of the examination. I value the information of my eye... care and the staff was also accommodating and friendly.
- Feb. 13, 2024
This place is definitely a 4.8, not quite perfect, but definitely better than a 4 star review. Custo... mer service is really good, and the people there have a sense of humor as well as professionalism. The reason why they're not quite perfect is purely aesthetic. Some of the walls look like they need cleaning and a paint job, which can give off the wrong impression, but that's just surface level really. My experience here was top notch, again great customer service with staff that has a good sense of humor and seem like they care about your experience there. If you asked me if I'd return, I definitely would!
- Feb. 09, 2024
I have had glasses for all of my adult life, and have never been treated as well as I did here! Dr.... Riggs made me feel comfortable and empowered, giving me great insights and opinions on everything from lasek to cataracts. We also had a blast chatting about nerdy things and what the best sci-fi movies were. He's awesome! Not only was everyone super friendly, but it felt like I had an entire team to give me advice and help me choose the best glasses. That was above and beyond for me. My usual experience at any other eyeglass store has always been on my own, and because I don't know the ins and outs of glasses, I would usually just choose a pair that looked like my old pair did. At EyeCare Specialties of Colorado, I had an entirely new experience. The staff helped me break out of my mold (of always buying black framed glasses) and helped me to find a pair that matched my skintone and looked fresh (with colors and even sparkles)! It really felt like I was being cared for and had a team on my side to get me the perfect pair of glasses! (Thanks Steve and team!!!) This is the ONLY eye doctor and glasses location I will ever go to again!
- Feb. 02, 2024
Very professional.
- Feb. 02, 2024
Very professional and friendly! Excellent service!!!
- Jan. 27, 2024
I love this office! Such friendly and knowledgeable people. I can’t wait to go back. 🙂
- Jan. 23, 2024
Very thorough eye examination with excellent eye doctor. Friendly office staff and clean facilities....
- Jan. 19, 2024
Dr. Joel Riggs provides the best eye 👀 care!! He is professional & makes the whole experience fun... 😊 I highly recommend him! We specifically came to this location just because of him!
- Jan. 18, 2024
If you have eye-care needs, this is the place you need to be! Dr. Hieb and the staff will take care ... of you with dedication and professionalism, and you will leave with a much improved view of the world! We will be back!
- Jan. 14, 2024
Thank you for service your team provides for my family
- Dec. 14, 2023
The staff and doctors are very helpful and knowledgeable and treat you very well. They thoroughly ex... plain your options and answer any questions that you have, and make sure you are completely satisfied.
- Dec. 04, 2023
The staff and doctors are all great. I strongly recommend this eyecare team to anyone in need of the... ir services.
- Dec. 04, 2023
My family and I have been coming here for the past 2 years. They are always pretty quick and very he... lpful.
- Nov. 22, 2023
So happy I found EyeCare Specialties of CO! Dr Riggs and the staff were so friendly. Cindy was amazi... ng and so kind, she helped me pick out the right glasses for my face. I had such a good experience here, I highly recommend for all your vision needs!
- Nov. 18, 2023
Dr. Riggs and the entire staff were very professional and personable. Everyone went out of their way... to answer any questions. Hands down, one of the best medical experiences I’ve ever had, and I’m 60yrs old! Highly recommended!
- Nov. 15, 2023
Friendly and efficient service.
- Nov. 14, 2023
Friendly, knowledgeable local eye care provider.
- Nov. 03, 2023
Truly top ratings.
- Oct. 28, 2023
Best eye care clinic around! The people who work there are amazing and always so welcoming and helpf... ul!
- Oct. 15, 2023
Wonderful place.

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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 Thornton 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 Thornton as soon as possible.


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Have an eye emergency?

Protect your vision by contacting EyeCare Specialties of Colorado - Thornton in Thornton without delay!

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