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Emergency Eye Care

An optometrist or ophthalmologist should examine your eye if you have…

If you’re not sure, call our eye care Practice.

Emergency Eye Care

You might need to see an eye doctor or go to the ER for…

  • Chemical exposures: Sometimes, even after you have rinsed the eye, you may not be sure if all the material has been removed, or if damage occurred beforehand. Some substances cause more damage than others. For example, soap and sunscreen can be uncomfortable, but they don’t usually cause long term eye injury. If unsure, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
  • Subconjunctival hemorrhage: The transparent covering over the whites of the eyes has fragile blood vessels which can bleed easily, from rigorous sneezing, throwing up, or as a side effect to blood thinners. It is not an emergency, but if you are concerned, come see your Lancaster, OH eye doctor.
  • Hyphema: On the other hand, hyphema, a trauma that results in bruising to the cornea, which sometimes comes with a black eye, can be very serious. Get it checked out as soon as possible.
  • Foreign body: Something got stuck in the eye, and it won’t come out with gentle washing. Better see an eye doctor.
  • Solar retinopathy: Prolonged sun exposure could damage the retina. You will probably need to be examined by an eye care specialist, as an emergency room physician cannot do much to help your in this case.

You need immediate medical attention for an eye emergency if…

  • Lacerations: A cut that goes through the eyeball or an eyelid cut that slices through the eyelid margin where the eyelashes grow needs prompt care from a medical professional.
  • Caustic chemical exposures: Keep track of the substance that got into the eye, because if it’s known to be caustic, you need to go to an emergency department or eye doctor, even if you don’t experience symptoms. Contact with a substance that is a strong acids or a strong base is the most severe.

Emergency Eye Care

To all True Vision patients, customers and friends:

Dr Hopkins and the staff of True Vision want to say thank you for both your patronage and especially your patience during this uncertain time. The AOA and CDC have recommended that we reduce our services to emergencies only for the time being. We will remain available by phone to answer questions, place contact lens orders and schedule appointments for any emergency situations.  Dr. Hopkins is also available by way of FaceTime and Skype for Telemedicine.

Our service hours will be Tuesday and Friday ONLY 10 am-4 pm beginning Tuesday, April 7th until further notice. The office phone number is 740-277-7550 and voicemail is available for any questions or concerns outside of these hours. However, the office is closed to all walk-in traffic.

For our contact lens wearers:

If you need a supply of contacts for the next 2-3 months, we suggest placing an order ASAP as we can not predict how long suppliers will be filling orders. Also, Dr Hopkins will be extending contact lens prescriptions if necessary for 3 additional months without a new exam and fitting on a case by case basis. Lastly, orders of 2 or more boxes can be shipped to you at no additional cost if you prefer.

For our outstanding glasses orders:

You may either pick up your glasses on a drive-by/handoff basis (no adjustments) or we can mail them to you at no additional charge. This is not an ideal way to dispense eyewear but we are trying to follow social distancing guidelines.

We have more detailed information available on our website at

Finally, we are so grateful for all of our patients, customers and friends. Dr Hopkins’ ultimate goal for us here at True Vision is to be here for you as long as possible to do whatever we can and to be ready when the smoke eventually clears. Let’s all do what we can for each other by staying home when we’re able, washing our hands and being patient and kind to each other.

Our sincerest thanks,

Dr Anna K Hopkins and the staff at True Vision