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Eye Emergency in Richardson, TX

An eye injury or infection can be frightening. However, in many cases, it is not necessary to go to an emergency room and instead make an eye emergency appointment at TSO Custer Creek. We will review a few of the more common eye emergencies so you know what to do.

Eye Infections and Pink Eye

A viral or bacterial infection will cause pink eye and may be accompanied by itchy or red eyes. Most eye infections are not contagious, but it is best to visit TSO Custer Creek as soon as possible to make sure the infection is not viral.

Small Scratches

Most small scratches will heal with the supervision and treatment of an eye doctor. Be careful not to rub or touch your eye to avoid infection and make an appointment to see Dr. Carter as soon as possible.

Small Particles in Your Eye

If dust or dirt gets in your eye, be careful not to rub your eyes and create a scratch. Wash your hands thoroughly and flush your eyes with cold water. If you are having difficulty removing the dirt, make an appointment at Texas State Optical as soon as possible.

How Can I Relieve My Dry Eyes?

Dry eye is quite common and occurs when the eye is not producing enough tears to keep the eye moist and lubricated. Dry eye can be caused by frequent contact lens use, electronic device use, allergy medication, or simply natural aging.

TSO Custer Creek helps many of our Richardson, TX patients with chronic dry eye symptoms. Treatment includes artificial eye drops to help lubricate the eyes or punctal plugs that help reduce tear drainage and keep the eye moist. Each patient is different and we carefully diagnose dry eye syndrome for maximum relief.

Before making an appointment with our optometrist, we recommend trying a warm press on the eyes or a soft massage around the eyes at home. For mild dry eye, this may be the DIY hack to relieve the itchiness and irritation.

If your eyes continue to bother you or you experience redness or swelling, we recommend having your eyes checked by Dr. Carter. Dry eye can make even simple tasks difficult, but there are many treatments available today to relieve irritation.

Tips for a Pleasant Eye Exam Experience

TSO Custer Creek in Richardson, TX offers comprehensive eye exams for the entire family. We strive to continually improve our patient experience and offer the following tips for a pleasant eye exam experience.

  1. When calling to schedule your eye exam appointment, please have your vision insurance information handy. This saves our patients repeated phone calls.
  2. Fill out the patient history form online before arriving for your appointment. We love to see our patients quickly with minimal wait so filling out the convenient form at home is a big time saver.
  3. If you currently have eyeglasses or contact lenses, be sure to bring them with you for your eye exam appointment.
  4. Texas State Optical Custer Creek uses the latest state of the art technology for a thorough eye exam and eye health checkup. Please mention any vision problem with Dr. Carter, and let her know if you find eye drops or air puff particularly uncomfortable.
  5. We carry your favorite designer frames and disposable contact lenses. After your eye exam, feel free to spend as much time as you’d like choosing your eyewear or fitting the perfect contact lens.

We feel privileged to serve the Richardson community and look forward to seeing you at your appointment. As always, please call anytime with questions or concerns before your eye exam.

Pink, Stinging Eyes?

Conjunctivitis, also called pink eye, is one of the most frequently seen eye diseases, especially in kids. It can be caused by viruses, bacteria or even allergies to pollen, chlorine in swimming pools, and ingredients in cosmetics, or other irritants, which touch the eyes. Some forms of conjunctivitis might be quite transmittable and quickly spread in school and at the office.

Conjunctivitis is seen when the conjunctiva, or thin transparent layer of tissue covering the white part of the eye, becomes inflamed. You can identify conjunctivitis if you notice eye redness, discharge, itching or swollen eyelids and a crusty discharge surrounding the eyes early in the day. Pink eye infections can be divided into three main types: viral, allergic and bacterial conjunctivitis.

The viral type is usually a result of a similar virus to that which produces the recognizable red, watery eyes, sore throat and runny nose of the common cold. The red, itchy, watery eyes caused by viral pink eye are likely to last from a week to two and then will clear up on their own. You may however, be able to reduce some of the discomfort by using soothing drops or compresses. Viral pink eye is transmittable until it is completely cleared up, so in the meantime maintain excellent hygiene, remove eye discharge and try to avoid using communal pillowcases or towels. If your son or daughter has viral conjunctivitis, he or she will have to be kept home from school for three days to a week until symptoms disappear.

A bacterial infection such as Staphylococcus or Streptococcus is usually treated with antibiotic eye drops or cream. One should notice an improvement within just a few days of antibiotic drops, but be sure to adhere to the full prescription dosage to prevent pink eye from recurring.

Allergic pink eye is not contagious. It is usually a result of a known allergy such as hay fever or pet allergies that sets off an allergic reaction in their eyes. First of all, to treat allergic pink eye, you should eliminate the irritant. Use cool compresses and artificial tears to relieve discomfort in mild cases. When the infection is more severe, your eye doctor might prescribe a medication such as an anti-inflammatory or antihistamine. In cases of chronic allergic pink eye, topical steroid eye drops could be used.

Pink eye should always be diagnosed by a qualified eye doctor in order to identify the type and best course of treatment. Never treat yourself! Keep in mind the sooner you begin treatment, the lower chance you have of giving pink eye to loved ones or prolonging your discomfort.


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We invite you to take a look around our new site to get to know our practice and learn about eye and vision health. You will find a wealth of information about our optometrists, our staff and our services, as well as facts and advice about how to take care of your eyes and protect your vision.

Learn about our Practice specialties including comprehensive eye exams, contact lens fittings and the treatment of eye diseases. Our website also offers you a convenient way to find our hours, address and map, schedule an appointment online, order contact lenses or contact us to ask us any questions you have about eye care and our Practice.

Have a look around our online office and schedule a visit to meet us in person. We are here to partner with you and your family for a lifetime of healthy eyes and vision. We look forward to seeing you!

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