Eye Emergencies in Reston

Eye Emergencies in Reston

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 Eyewear Gallery at Reston Town Center for emergency eye care.

Our Reston optometrists can help you preserve your vision and eye health.

eye emergency treated at The Eyewear Gallery at Reston Town Center

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!


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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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 Reston 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 Reston as soon as possible.

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- May. 09, 2024
I had a bit of an issue with a screw coming out of my frames last night. I came to this store today... based on the reviews I saw here and I was not dissapointed. The staff was very friendly and my main man Fred fixed my frames in about 5 minutes. Top notch place. Highly recommend!
- Apr. 18, 2024
Great selection of high quality eyewear, and Jackie was super kind and patient in helping me adjust ... a pair of my sunglasses that had a bent frame. Would 100% recommend coming here for all your optical needs.
- Dec. 27, 2023
Great experience at this lovely little shop. I was 100% that customer who takes forever to pick a fr... ame and worries about every penny spent...AND didn't have an appointment (🤭)..but Jackie and Casey were generous with knowledge, super patient and wonderfully charming despite me taking an embarassingly long time to choose (there were so many cute pairs-- shockingly in my price range). I finally found the perfect pair when all was said and done and felt so great about it. In this economy you wanna feel good when you have to make significant purchases-- I'm so glad I chose this Reston gem for my prescription lenses today!
- Nov. 29, 2023
I went to the eyewear gallery for dry eye treatment. The OptiLight treatment has transformed the hea... lth of my eyes. Before the treatment I was using artificial tears all day every day, and now I've been able to stop medicated eye drops and hardly use tears. Dr. Gammon went the extra mile and treated my facial rosacea as well, which has significantly reduced my redness and flair up discomfort. I am so grateful that Dr. Gammon added this treatment to her practice. Really appreciate all that you guys do!
- Sep. 07, 2023
popped in for a quick repair of my frames - which were not purchased at Eyewear Gallery. Very oblig... ing, got the job done and would not take any money. Very happy and thank you Eyewear Gallery!!
- Sep. 01, 2023
I’m here from out of state & my frame got bent. I went in & they were able to fix them for at no c... harge & they were so nice!!
- Jul. 28, 2023
Absolutely incredible shop! They have a wide variety of options but most importantly their customer ... service is among the best I have ever experienced. Went in with a non-standard issue and they were able to get me exactly what I needed immediately. Highly recommend this shop to anyone looking for sunglasses or eyeglasses. Thank you!!
- Jul. 27, 2023
Had a truly incredible experience here solely due to Jackie. She made sure I was comfortable and end... ed up in the right pair for me, even as picky as I was! She provided excellent guidance and personal opinion, something vital in the glasses try on process. I will absolutely be back here and plan to switch to this office for my next eye exam because of how amazing the buying frames experience was!
- Jul. 22, 2023
Great service, amazing people! Specially Cinnamon who was friendly and welcoming. 👍👍 Would rea... lly recommend this place to everyone!!!
- Jul. 11, 2023
So very helpful!
- Jun. 29, 2023
Very helpful and fast repairs for my glasses, thank you ladies!
- Jun. 27, 2023
Wonderful selection of eyewear- very friendly, knowledgeable, & attentive staff!!! Very impressed.
- Jun. 14, 2023
The Eyewear Gallary helped me with the repair my glasses on the spot. Amy specifically was very help... ful! The customer service was friendly, welcoming and helpful. Highly recommend this store to others looking for glasses or optometrist exam!!
- Jun. 08, 2023
I worked with Jackie. She is highly professional, knowledgeable and very helpful. Everyone is profes... sional and very pleasant at the store. Glad I found this place. Thanks!
- Feb. 24, 2023
Absolutely amazing customer service. Went in to replace lenses on my sunglasses and the optometrist ... was very friendly and did the replacement within minutes. Highly recommend for fast and high quality service!
- Oct. 19, 2022
I was traveling and my glasses lost a screw. I was in and out in less than 5 minutes. The staff was ... all smiles and were glad to help.
- Sep. 01, 2022
Conveniently located near the RTC pavilion next to FedEx and directly across from North Italia resta... urant. The screws came out of my glasses so I called to see if they could help me. The receptionist said a technician was available immediately so I went right away. Jackie was friendly, extremely helpful and professional. She replaced the screws in 5 minutes, something I couldn't do at home and trust me I tried! This shop is all about customer service and has a wide variety of stylish and functional frames on display. There is an Optometrist on site for all of your needs. I wish every business were as friendly, courteous and professional as The Eyewear Gallery at Reston Town Center! 5 out of 5 stars for sure!
- Aug. 18, 2022
Came by for an adjustment fit for my new glasses that I purchased elsewhere and the woman (forgot to... get her name) that helped me was very friendly, nice, helpful and knowledgeable. The other two women there were nice and pleasant as well. The store itself has a great atmosphere and aesthetics. Highly recommended!
- Jul. 29, 2022
Jackie is very friendly, very knowledgeable, and very helpful!! I had spoken with her a couple of ti... mes over the phone before visiting The Eyewear Gallery. She is/was always very patient, and very kind with me answering all my questions. Today morning we visited her at the store and Wow!! Phenomenal service we received from her. My son was very happy to meet her. She has absolutely a great personality!! She was thorough during the whole process and spent as much as needed time without rushing us. After that I ended up calling her this afternoon as I was a little confused with one thing. Even though she was busy, she promptly assisted me to resolve my issue. Thank You so much Jackie for everything!! We truly Appreciate it!! Always a pleasant experience with you in-person/on phone!! Also the other staff I briefly talked with over the phone/in-person at this store were equally supportive and quick too!! Overall Great Assistance!! I'm glad I found YOU!! HIGHLY recommendation to this business !!
- Jul. 21, 2022
The staff were very welcoming & helpful! Helped me adjust my glasses promptly! Will return again! T... hank you!

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Our optometry practice in Reston

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Hours
  • Monday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Wednesday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Thursday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Friday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Saturday 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
  • Sunday Closed
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Have an eye emergency?

Protect your vision by contacting The Eyewear Gallery at Reston Town Center in Reston without delay!

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