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Ocular Trauma & Emergencies

Emergency Eye Care Services in Joplin, MO

We Treat Eye Injuries and Ocular Trauma

SAME DAY TREATMENT - Including Nights & Weekends!

eye injury boy - emergency eye care at Coleman Vision in Joplin MODrs. David and Jeff provide evaluation of eye related injuries and emergencies in a caring and gentle manner for all ages of patients.  The doctors are available and will be sure you are cared for promptly on the same day, including nights and weekends.

The following conditions require urgent care:

  • Redness
  • Pain
  • Burning
  • Flashes of light
  • Loss of Vision
  • Dark Shadows
  • Foreign body
  • Sudden changes in Pupil size
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Pink eye (Conjunctivitis)
  • Double Vision

An injury to your eye can be frightening and often requires immediate medical attention. Our compassionate eye doctors, Drs. David and Jeff Coleman, are highly qualified and experienced in treating eye emergencies. There isn’t always a need to rush to the hospital and spend hours waiting for attention in the emergency room. We will examine and take care of your eye injury within the comfort and convenience of our fully equipped clinic. In the event of an eye emergency, please contact our office immediately for professional guidance.

The most typical reasons for immediate eye care include irritation from a foreign substance, infections (such as pink eye), severe eye allergies, and foreign bodies stuck in the eye. We will perform a thorough examination of your eyes to diagnose the problem and determine the best treatment solution.

Our Joplin, MO, office is outfitted with state-of-the-art diagnostics and a highly skilled optometry team. With a caring and gentle manner, we will listen closely to your symptoms to help evaluate your ocular condition. If our eye doctor diagnoses pink eye or other infections, or eye allergies, he will prescribe the most effective medication to relieve your pain, resolve the problem, and prevent possible vision complications. If we diagnose a serious eye condition or disease that requires surgical care, we will refer you to a top specialist in the Joplin area.

Foreign Object Removal from Your Eyes

ofbWhen a foreign body or material becomes lodged in your eye, you will feel irritation that ranges from mild to extreme, depending upon the particular culprit. Something as innocent as a stray eyelash can cause discomfort! Immediately after exposure to a foreign body, the blood vessels in your eye will dilate. Your conjunctiva, cornea, and eyelids may become red and swollen. If the object isn’t removed quickly, your risk of developing an eye infection increases.

Mild eye irritations generally resolve on their own, with no medical treatment and no lasting complications. Yet other eye injuries may require treatment to prevent vision problems. If you still feel ocular pain a few hours after the trauma, please contact us for assistance. If you suspect that the offensive object pierced the outer layer of your eye, it is critical that you seek immediate medical attention! Rapid action can prevent vision loss, retinal damage and premature cataracts.

Eyes are delicate and sensitive. Repeated attempts to remove a foreign body may cause further damage. We are trained and experienced in eye emergencies and foreign body removal. When an eye rinse doesn’t do the job properly, Dr. Coleman will usually insert numbing eye drops before using specialized tools to remove the offensive object.

Remember - many types of ocular trauma, injuries and eye emergencies require urgent medical care – so don’t delay in seeking treatment! Call our Joplin, MO, office immediately for assistance. Drs. David and Jeff Coleman are available to help (including nights and weekends), and we’ll make sure you receive responsible treatment on the same day.

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To Our Patient Family,

Based on federal and state recommendations, many offices have voluntarily moved to a temporary model of care where they are reducing or eliminating routine vision care, particularly for at-risk populations, while still allowing urgent care for their patients.

After careful consideration we have made the decision to follow these recommendations until April 3rd, at which time we will re-evaluate.

So what does that mean?

To minimize the spread of COVID-19 our physical office will be temporarily closed to routine vision appointments.  We will have both Doctors and staff in the office Tuesday – Thursday from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm to answer questions, place contact lens orders and schedule urgent/emergency patients by phone.

We are offering to extend contact lens prescriptions if necessary, to make sure our patients have enough supply until our quarantine lifts.

Both Dr. David and Dr. Jeff are still available for red eyes, sudden vision changes, injuries, and other urgent issues for both new and established patients.  Please feel free to call our office between the hours of 9:00 am and 5:00 pm Tuesday – Thursday.

Our doctors will be providing Tele-health for your convenience and extended care.  We will also be offering extended services for our vision therapy patients.

If you have glasses ordered or glasses that are ready for pick up, we ask that you call ahead and schedule a time to pick those up. Once you have arrived, call the office for check-in, and we will deliver and adjust your glasses at your car.  Contacts and vitamins that are available for pickup will follow same check-in process.

As always, we genuinely care for our patients and want the very best for each of you.  If you need us, or have questions about your specific situations; please feel free to call the office.  This plan of action could change due to federal or state guidelines and recommendations.  Please monitor our Facebook page for updates.

We appreciate your understanding in this matter.


Dr. David Coleman & Dr. Jeff Coleman