Emergency Eye Care Specialist

Diana Zabarko, OD -  - Optometrist

Avant Garde Vision Center

Diana Zabarko, OD

Optometrist located in Wayne, NJ

Whether you’ve been hit with a baseball or splattered with grease and your eye has taken the brunt of the injury, you need help fast. Dr. Diana Zabarko, emergency optometrist with Avant Garde Vision Center in Wayne, New Jersey, schedules time during the day to handle eye emergencies. Call the office or go online to book an appointment when you have an eye emergency; Dr. Zabarko will see you right away.

Emergency Eye Care Q & A

Where Do Most Eye Injuries Occur?

You might think you’re completely safe at home, but almost half of all eye injuries happen there. Cooking on your stovetop, handling household chemicals, and using hand tools for repairs are just a few potential hazards. Yard work -- mowing the lawn or using a power edger -- may also cause eye injuries. Are you ready to put on protective glasses? Keep them in a handy place so it’s easy to reach them while you work.

Sports activities produce many eye injuries, and send 42,000 people to the emergency room each year. Sadly, about 13,500 become blind. Baseball, martial arts, basketball, and hockey produce the most injuries.

Eye injuries also happen on the job. If everyone who is exposed to risk of eye injury wore eye protection, experts believe that 90% of the injuries could be prevented.

What Should I Do Immediately After An Eye Injury?

Seek treatment right away if you experience an eye injury. Call emergency eye doctor, Dr. Zabarko or go to the emergency room. 

Depending on the eye issue you’re experiencing, follow these steps help prevent further injury:

  • Chemical in the Eye:  Flush the eye with water and go to the emergency room (ER) immediately.
  • Blunt Force to the Eye: Apply cold compresses to the eye and call Dr. Zabarko or go to the ER. Even a light blow could be serious.
  • A Cut or Puncture in the Eye: A paper cup taped to the bones surrounding the eye can serve as protection until you get to the emergency room.
  • Object in Your Eye: Do not attempt to remove it, because doing so could cause important fluids in your eye to leak. Do not wash out your eye, which could cause infection. Get immediate medical attention.
  • Small Debris in Your Eye: Flush the eye with eyewash or water. Place a light cloth over the eye to protect it. Call Dr. Zabarko.
  • Foreign Matter or Larger Debris in the Eye: Lift your upper eyelid and blink. Tears may wash out the material. If it remains, close your eye, protect it, and go to the emergency room.

What Should I Avoid Doing Immediately After an Eye Injury?

  • Do not touch or rub your eye
  • Do not put ointment in your eye
  • Do not attempt to remove a foreign object

What Can I Do to Prevent Eye Injuries?

Wear protective eyewear whenever there is a chance of eye injury. The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) certifies protective eyewear. Select protective glasses with "ANSI Z87.1" on the lens or frame. You can purchase these at any hardware store.

For urgent eye care needs, call the office of Dr. Zabarko today.