What constitutes an eye emergency?
An eye emergency refers to any sudden or severe eye injury or vision loss that requires immediate medical attention. It is important to seek emergency medical attention if you experience any of the following:
- Sudden loss of vision in one or both eyes
- Sudden blank spots in one or both eyes that have not gone away
- Eye pain or discomfort
- Flashes of light or sudden onset of floaters (spots or lines in your vision)
- Chemical exposure to the eye
- Foreign object in the eye
- Eye injury, such as a cut, puncture, or blow to the eye
- Severe swelling or redness in the eye
- Eyelid laceration or abnormality
- New onset of double vision
It is important to seek emergency medical attention if you experience any of these symptoms, as they could be signs of a serious eye condition or injury. Delaying treatment could lead to permanent vision loss or other complications.
If you experience any of these symptoms, call the office OR GO TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM IMMEDIATELY IF YOU DO NOT REACH OUR OFFICE. If you have an eye emergency outside of your eye doctor’s regular office hours, seek care at an emergency department or urgent care center that has an eye care provider on staff.
If you have an emergency, we want you to contact us. If we can’t assist you, we will make sure you go the right place for the right treatment of the problem.