If you’re experiencing eye pain or have endured an eye injury, head to your nearest Urgency Room for the quickest medical care in the Twin Cities. With locations in Woodbury, Vadnais Heights and Eagan, your nearest location can assess, diagnose and treat your eye injury in a fraction of the time compared with your typical emergency room.
We’re open from 8:00 AM to 10:00 PM 365 days a year, including holidays, so you can count on us to be open and ready for you when you need us most. You can always lean on the peace of mind you’ll have when coming to us as all Urgency Rooms are owned and operated by the Emergency Physicians Professional Association (EPPA). Our experience and know-how is unmatched. Experience the next level of urgent care when you have eye pain or an injury.
What Kinds of Eye Pain Can The Urgency Room Treat?
“Eye pain” is a very broad term. Odds are that everyone has experienced some sort of eye pain in their life. From dust and sand blown around by the wind to more serious causes for pain, the danger of eye pain and injuries ranges from minimal to very serious. Sometimes eye pain can be an indicator of more serious illnesses, so it’s a good idea to not put off getting this pain looked at by a seasoned physician.
Some reasons you may feel eye pain or discomfort include:
Dust and debris:
Foreign bodies in your eyes can cause a great deal of discomfort, even if you just have a bit of dirt or sand in your eye. Your eyes may work the debris out on their own with tears, or you might want to speed up the process by rinsing your eyes out with water. While this is a fairly low-key cause for concern, it’s still important to make sure all foreign bodies are removed from your eye or you could cause damage to your cornea.
Symptoms usually include a swollen eyelid or the buildup of “crust” along the lid or in the corners of your eye. This is usually a minor infection that can be treated at home, but should be seen by a physician if it persists or worsens.
Dreaded pinkeye—when the whites of your eye appear pink due to inflamed blood vessels. Caused by viral or bacterial infections, pinkeye is very contagious and spreads mostly through sharing objects already used by someone with pinkeye. Pinkeye will usually clear on its own in 5–10 days, but it’s wise to see a physician if the swelling, redness and itching persist.
Essentially a cut on your cornea (the clear part of your eye at the very front), treatment should be sought to avoid infection or other problems.
If you have signs of a swollen or infected cornea, you may have a bacterial or viral infection.
This is caused by increased pressure inside the eyeball. Unfortunately, glaucoma is irreversible and has no cure. However, if caught early enough, the progression can be halted or slowed. If you’re experiencing severe pain, headaches and nausea, or notice your vision worsening, come to your nearest Urgency Room as soon as you can.
A stye appears as a small red swollen lump (it almost looks like a pimple) along the edge of an eyelid. Styes come from an infection in an eyelash hair follicle or oil gland along the eyelid.
As with all of these pains or infections, eye injuries also vary in degree of severity and cause. You may accidentally poke or hit your eye on an everyday object and need to seek attention. If your eye endures blunt force or another traumatic event, come to the Urgency Room to see if there’s extensive injuries and how it can be treated.
No matter what the symptoms say, if you have a red/pink eye, headaches, light sensitivity, excessive eye crust, nausea or decreased vision, seek medical care as soon as you can. Our physicians can see you sooner than if you were to sit in a crowded emergency room waiting room, which means you’ll be on your way to health sooner.
Helping You with Eye Pain and Injury
The well-trained and highly knowledgeable physicians at every Urgency Room around the Twin Cities will carefully and accurately assess and diagnose the cause for your eye pain or injury. They may also conduct tests to see exactly what’s happening within the structure of the affected eye.
Once treatment has been decided, you won’t be alone on your way to recovery. Our library of aftercare videos can help answer questions you may have in detail. Or, you can always call or come in to our standalone facilities in Eagan, Vadnais Heights and Woodbury to get the extra help you need for a speedy recovery. Our wait time to be seen for each location is updated live online, or you can call and check how soon you could be seen—you’ll wait a fraction of the time than if you went to your typical emergency room.
Each location is outfitted with state-of-the-art equipment that can treat anything from chronic coughs and aches to broken bones, severe abdominal pain and eye injuries. Our physicians can treat anyone from infant to senior with the best care possible.
To check out more of what we can offer or ask any questions you may have, call or come in to any Urgency Room today. Or check out our virtual tour of a typical UR facility. When minutes matter most, skip the wait and come to The Urgency Room.