Emergency Eye Care in Fort Smith

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Putting Your Safety First

Eye emergencies can happen at any time, and Royal Eye Care provides emergency services for eye infections, eye injuries, and other serious issues.

The immediate treatment of eye injuries is essential to prevent potential vision loss and complications. If you are experiencing an eye emergency, please contact us as soon as possible for urgent eye care.

When to Seek Medical Attention

Eye emergencies range from surface injuries, chemical injuries, and infections to other conditions such as sudden flashes and floaters. 

Eye emergencies can include: 

  • Physical trauma
  • Constant pain in one or both eyes
  • Foreign object stuck in the eye
  • Partial or complete vision loss
  • Bleeding from the eye
  • Eye bulging

Symptoms of eye emergencies can vary, so it is essential to seek medical attention even if you do not experience immediate vision loss.

Different Types of Eye Emergencies

Understanding eye emergencies and how they can appear and affect your vision can help you treat them in the moment before visiting us for emergency care.

Flashes may appear as flashing lights or lightning streaks in your field of vision. While occasional flashes become more common as you age, any new random flashes should be reported to your eye doctor.

Floaters appear as small lines or cobwebs in your field of vision. Floaters are microscopic fibers that tend to clump and cast tiny shadows on the retina.

You should contact our team right away if: 

  • A shadow appears in your peripheral vision
  • You have an increased amount of flashes
  • You notice new random floaters
  • A gray curtain covers part of your vision

These symptoms may indicate a retinal detachment and should be reported and treated as soon as possible.

Chemical eye injuries can occur from simple activities like household chores or tending to your garden. Chemicals from cleaning products, industrial chemicals, and garden chemicals can get in your eyes and cause damage.

If you get chemicals in your eyes, the following steps can help: 

  • Wash your hands with soap and cool water thoroughly.
  • Turn your head, so the affected eye is down and to the side.
  • Hold the affected eyelid open and flush it out with clean tap water for 15 minutes.

A chemical eye injury has the potential to cause serious damage, and you should contact us for urgent eye care as soon as possible.

Conjunctivitis, also known as pink eye, occurs when there is an inflammation or infection of the transparent membrane that lines the eyelid and covers the white of the eyes.

Some common signs and symptoms of pink eye can include: 

  • Eye redness
  • Itchy eyes
  • A gritty feeling in your eyes
  • Tearing in the affected eye
  • A pus-like discharge

In some cases, conjunctivitis can be contagious and cause eye pain and severe redness. In severe cases of conjunctivitis, you may require urgent eye care to treat and manage it.

Your eyes are sensitive to trauma, so a cut or scratch to your eyeballs or eyelids can indicate the need for urgent medical care. Applying a loose bandage in the moment while you wait for medical attention can help preserve your vision.

It is important not to apply too much pressure.

Small foreign objects such as sand and dust, while usually harmless, can sometimes get in your eyes and cause discomfort. Here are some steps to follow to help alleviate irritation:

  • Avoid rubbing your eye and try blinking to see if it clears up
  • Wash your hands and look into your eye to try to locate the object
  • Use artificial tear eye drops to help rinse out the debris
  • Flush your eyes with cool water
  • If irritation continues, contact us for treatment

Large foreign objects can be a cause for more concern and result in severe damage. If something like glass or metal gets stuck in your eyes, leave it where it is and seek urgent medical attention. 

It is essential not to touch the object, apply pressure, or attempt to remove it.

Dedicated Emergency Eye Care

Your visual health is important, and at Royal Eye Care, we pride ourselves on being there for our patients in times of emergency. If you experience an ocular emergency, contact us for emergency treatment or seek medical attention as soon as possible.


We are located in the GreenPointe Shopping Center next door to Quest Diagnostics! There is plenty of free parking available when you arrive. If you have any trouble finding us, do not hesitate to give us a call.

Our Address

Contact Us

  • 4300 Rogers Ave., Suite 46
  • Fort Smith, AR 72903

Clinic Hours

  • Monday: 8:00 AM 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 8:00 AM 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 8:00 AM 5:00 PM
  • Thursday: 8:00 AM 5:00 PM
  • Friday: 8:00 AM 1:00 PM
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: Closed


No matter your insurance plan, we strive to ensure our quality eye care is as accessible as possible. We are proud to offer direct billing to a wide variety of insurance providers, so paying for your care is quick and easy.

Our Brands

Confidence in high-quality materials is essential when choosing eyeglasses, sunglasses, contact lenses, and more. We aim to provide you with a wide selection of brands to choose from to ensure we can meet your needs and preferences, no matter what they are. Check out our brands and ask about them when you visit us.

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