Non-Emergency Eye Conditions
Non-emergency eye conditions include conjunctivitis, styes, black eyes, and corneal abrasions.
Conjunctivitis, commonly known as “pink eye,” is irritation of the inner lining of the eyelids. Visit your healthcare provider or eye doctor to receive treatment for this condition. Avoid touching your eyes to prevent spreading contagious forms of pink eye.
A stye is an infection on a gland along the edge of your eye. Symptoms include feeling like there is something in your eye, eye redness and pain, sensitivity to bright light, tearing of the eye, and tenderness and swelling of the eyelid. Most styes will heal on their own. You can treat the stye by using a warm, wet cloth compress for 5-10 minutes, 2-3 times a day. You should also wash your hands and face often and avoid touching the area.
Black eyes occur after eye trauma, causing bruising and swelling around the eye. Visit your healthcare provider if you experience non-emergency eye trauma. If you have a black eye, apply cold compresses to the affected area for the first 24 hours and warm compresses after the first 24 hours. Keep your head elevated to reduce swelling.
Corneal abrasions are small scratches to the clear, outermost layer of the eyeball. Most corneal abrasions are mild and only require a trip to an eye doctor.
Keep up with your eye health by scheduling routine eye exams. For any eye emergency, visit your nearest St. Luke’s Health emergency department. St. Luke's Health ophthalmologists offer nationally recognized care for a comprehensive range of eye disorders.