Eye Emergencies in Knoxville

Eye Emergencies in Knoxville

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 The Eye Group - Chapman Highway for emergency eye care.

Our Knoxville 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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Patient Reviews
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- Feb. 04, 2024
Super fast and efficient
- Jan. 31, 2024
Very personable and professional.
- Jan. 31, 2024
The staff is friendly and knowledgeable. The facility is clean and professional. Everyone in the off... ice was so gracious about my baby being with me. I was given good information for my future visits, and here's the big thing... DOCTOR CROSS LISTENED TO MY NEEDS AND CONCERNS!!!!! I would recommend this practice to anyone in the Knoxville area, not just South Knox Co.
- Nov. 29, 2023
Everyone was pleasant - no pressure to buy XYZ, Dr was very easy going - nothing to complain about. ... Thanks!
- Nov. 22, 2023
Completely satisfied with my experience here. Staff was friendly and more than competent. Chose th... e Eye Group based on all the positive reviews after my previous optometrist dropped my insurance carrier and glad they did. The reviews were accurate and Dr. Cross is outstanding.
- Nov. 09, 2023
Exceptional care! Perfect customer service! Friendly and professional!
- Nov. 09, 2023
such an amazing experience. If you are looking for an eye doctor in the area, this is where you want... to be!
- Nov. 03, 2023
Great team. Easy visits.
- Oct. 13, 2023
Excellent, helpful staff. Finally got a good prescription after changing from another eye care offic... e.
- Oct. 12, 2023
My son loves his new glasses! The optometrist was great with him and I will 100% be back. Incredible... place in an odd spot. Prepare to be shocked that such an awesome place is in such a non-descript area. Google them and Go There. Everyone was just so nice and helpful. I honestly don't think I could be persuaded to go anywhere else. P.S. The prices are Great!
- Sep. 25, 2023
I have been going here for many years. Dr. Dorian Lane is the best I've encountered anywhere. He is ... extremely thorough to give the best experience and results for eyesight. He corrected a bad prescription for me where I could not see well and I left seeing crystal clear. I would highly recommend this establishment to anyone.
- Sep. 15, 2023
Great service. Just wish my insurance paid more.
- Sep. 10, 2023
It always pleasant, Dr lain is great!
- Sep. 01, 2023
Great experience and very accommodating.
- Aug. 24, 2023
Great attentive and personal care
- Aug. 14, 2023
Dr Cross is a great doctor. He explained the problem with my eyes better than any other doctor I’v... e ever seen. Everyone was so nice and friendly. The whole process was very pleasant.
- Aug. 13, 2023
They were fast, friendly, and professional. I am so glad Ive chosen them as my optometry office!
- Aug. 12, 2023
Very pleasant and professional experience. I can’t say enough good to say how much we enjoyed Dr. ... Cross! On a scale of 1 to 10, I give the Eye Group- South Office 💯! Also the ladies that helped us with our glasses also get 💯!
- Jul. 25, 2023
This was my first eye exam with the Eye Group. I am glad I changed my eye care provider. Dr. Combs w... as able to detect an issue that has bothered me for years that my previous provider ignored. I had a pleasant experience from the greeting when I arrived until the walk out the door. I highly recommend The Eye Group.
- Jul. 16, 2023
Thanks for the Greatest care I could receive,Love the people that work there.Thats why I chose the E... ye Group.

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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 Knoxville 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 Knoxville as soon as possible.


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Have an eye emergency?

Protect your vision by contacting The Eye Group - Chapman Highway in Knoxville without delay!

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