Clarkson Eyecare: Emergency Eye Care

OE Image with Pin light

Clarkson Eyecare is staffed with highly skilled eye doctors who use the latest technology to help evaluate and treat ocular emergencies. Emergency eye care may be required for patients who are experiencing acute, painful, or debilitating eye conditions, including eye injuries. The Clarkson Eyecare optometrists have the experience, skills, and specialized knowledge in  emergency eye care, and they can help administer testing and treatment for a variety of eye care emergencies.

OE Image

Find Emergency Eye Care at a Clarkson Eyecare Near You

At Clarkson Eyecare, our goal is to provide every patient with the best emergency eye care possible. We are located in Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, Ohio, and Virginia. Click to find a location near you.

What Is an Eye Care Emergency?

An eye care emergency is defined as the sudden onset of symptoms or eye trauma that affects a person’s vision. Eye emergencies can be a number of different things including but not limited to trauma to the eye, sudden vision loss, or chemical exposure. 

Types of Eye Emergencies

The doctors at Clarkson Eyecare have a wide range of emergency eye care procedures and treatment methods that they can utilize to treat patients. Clarkson Eyecare recommends seeking immediate medical attention for pain, redness, or swelling of the eye to prevent further damage and permanent vision problems.

Bacterial & Viral Eye Infections

Certain eye infections like conjunctivitis can cause pain, redness, and swelling in the eyes and can be accompanied by discharge. Do not wear any contact lenses and schedule an appointment to be evaluated by a doctor as soon as possible, as eye infections can progress and develop into conditions that can threaten your vision. The optometrists at Clarkson Eyecare can properly diagnose eye infections and prescribe you the proper treatment.

Chemical Exposure to Eyes

Chemicals in your eye can cause permanent damage and scarring to the eye. If you believe your eyes have been exposed to chemicals, immediately flush the eyes with a saline solution or tap water for at least 15 minutes. Hold the head so that the injured eye is on the bottom and flush from the nose downward, so you do not accidentally flush chemicals into an unaffected eye. Then seek emergency eye care as soon as possible. Patients can help a doctor determine how serious the injury is by communicating the type of chemical they were exposed to, how concentrated it was, if it was an acid or base, and how long it has been since exposure.

Foreign Bodies in the Eye

Eye emergencies that involve foreign bodies in the eye can range from particles to large objects. Clarkson Eyecare recommends trying to blink the object clear or flush it out if it is a small object. If it is a large object or has penetrated the eye, you should avoid touching, applying pressure, or attempting to remove it, These can all cause serious injury to the eye. You should seek immediate medical assistance as soon as possible if an object cannot be cleared, is large or sharp, or if it has penetrated the eye.

Traumatic Eye Injuries

Traumatic eye injuries like scratches or punctures can be the result of a variety of conditions and incidents, commonly caused by accidents. If left untreated, trauma to the eye can lead to partial or permanent vision loss and should be treated immediately by an eye care specialist. 

Clarkson Eyecare advises that patients experiencing traumatic eye injuries call for help right away and never attempt to remove any object that has penetrated the eye.

Sudden Changes or Loss in Vision

Noticeable and sudden vision changes or vision loss such as blurred or double vision or flashes of light can indicate that you are suffering from eye conditions such as retinal detachment, corneal defects, or other serious health issues like strokes and neurological damage. Symptoms such as blurred vision, flashing lights, and floating spots should be addressed by an eye specialist as quickly as possible.

Eye Diseases & Other Conditions

If you are experiencing new eye or vision problems and have been diagnosed with certain eye conditions or diseases, Clarkson Eyecare recommends scheduling an emergency eye appointment immediately. If you are experiencing noticeable or sudden eye symptoms with a family history of eye diseases, you should also seek urgent care to prevent irreversible eye damage from conditions like glaucoma.


Warning Signs of an Eye Care Emergency

Clarkson Eyecare recommends making an appointment immediately if you experience any sudden changes in vision or anything on the list below:

  • Burning or stinging

  • Divergent or unusual eye movements

  • Double vision

  • Sudden, blurred vision

  • Flashes of light

  • New or increased sensitivity to light

  • discharge or blood in the eyes, 

  • Severe itching or swelling

Where to Go for Emergency Eye Care

If you are suffering from an eye emergency, seek medical care at an emergency room or an urgent care clinic. It is important to note these facilities may not specialize in eye care and may be unable to properly diagnose and treat certain eye conditions like retinal detachment. 

The Clarkson Eyecare advises patients to seek immediate attention for eye emergencies at a location that is accessible and offers the best treatment options. Being evaluated by an eye specialist will most likely have the best outcome.

New Patients Welcome Image

Schedule an Emergency Eye Appointment Today

If you are experiencing an ocular emergency, seek medical attention immediately. The doctors at Clarkson Eyecare can help patients suffering from traumatic and uncomfortable eye conditions that can cause vision loss if left untreated.  If you are concerned about a change in your vision, call Clarkson Eyecare to schedule an emergency eye care appointment.

Frequently Asked Questions about Emergency Eye Care

Does Medical Insurance Cover Emergency Eye Care?

Medical insurance usually covers eye care emergencies including emergency eye care, disease care, and specialized diagnostic testing. Clarkson Eyecare recommends that patients prepare for potential eye emergencies by contacting their insurance providers in advance to learn about important coverage details.

Are Eye Flashes or Floaters an Emergency?

While the occasional eye floater is not cause for concern, a new flash of light or sudden increase in floaters or spots in vision should be considered an eye care emergency. Flashes and floaters can indicate retinal detachment or other serious health conditions.

When Is Eye Pain an Ocular Emergency?

Patients experiencing unusual or severe eye pain accompanied by fever, headache, light sensitivity, nausea, vomiting, or sudden vision changes should seek immediate medical care. Also, If there was a chemical exposure or foreign objects in the eye that cannot be cleared, and secretions of blood or other discharge from the eye should be treated as eye care emergencies.