Emergency Eye Care
There are numerous types of eye emergencies. At our practice we see them all.
- Corneal abrasions – a scratch on the cornea, can cause perfuse tearing, sensitivity to light and extreme sharp shooting pain.
- Vitreous floater – can be a simple degenerative change of the vitreous, the jelly inside the back of the eye. It is made up of water and proteins. The proteins and the water may separate causing the proteins to coalesce together. At that point a black spot appears to be floating in your vision. Sometimes, the vitreous separates from the retina and a piece of retina is torn. Usually, flashes of light are associated with this event. A patient experiencing such a phenomenon must see their eye doctor immediately, since there is a high risk of a retinal detachment.
- Eye infections – a patient usually notices red eyes, discharge, tearing, burning and discomfort.
- Allergic conjunctivitis – patients that have seasonal or environmental allergies may notice itchy, red, tearing eyes. This condition is easily treated with prescription eye drops.
- Central vein/artery occlusions – patients with Hypertension or high cholesterol can have a blockage of their arterial or venous system supplying the retina. This type of event causes severe loss of vision and must be further investigated with extensive blood work and a cardiac evaluation.
In general always remember to call your doctor if:
- Your have red or painful eyes.
- You have flaking, discharge, or a lesion on your eye or eyelid.
- You have had trauma to your eye, or you have a bulging eye or a drooping eyelid.
- Sudden loss of vision.
- Flashes, floaters or a curtain covering your eyes.
- Double vision.
- Pain with eye movements.