Ocular Emergencies

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Clarkson Eyecare: Emergency Eye Care

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 ocular emergencies and they can help administer testing and treatment for a variety of eye care emergencies.

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What Is an Ocular Emergency?

An ocular 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. 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.

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.

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, but 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.

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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.