If you think you have an emergency, it is best to trust your instinct and get immediate help.
Here are some common situations that should be considered urgent:
Foreign objects in the eye, such as small shards of glass or metal
Cuts or punctures of the eye or eyelid
Chemical exposure causing pain or vision problems
Sudden vision loss or change in your vision
Scratches caused by foreign objects
Sudden onset of floaters or flashes of light
The best way to protect yourself from eye emergencies is to educate yourself about the risks and act accordingly.
Make sure you wear protective goggles in situations where your eyes are at risk. Keep a first aid kit that includes a rigid eye shield, eyewash, and sterile gauze in any area where your eye could be exposed to damage.