Need emergency eye care, where should you go or who should you see?
This question is a common question our patients ask. My answer is always simple. Optometrist spend four years in focused studies on the eyes and the medications and systemic diseases that affect them. We are trained to deal with eye injuries, trauma and infections. So, I always recommend a trained eye doctor first.
Other options patients often consider are urgent care centers, emergency rooms and the growingly popular Dr. Google. Often these other sources will point patients back to an eye care professional because of the need of special equipment, training and the over all importance of a patient’s vision.
Optique and BA Eye Site offer after-hours emergency care (918)893-3769 ext 306. Like with most things early diagnosis and treatment can be very important to the outcome and longevity of a condition.
You should call if there is:
- pain or loss of vision
- blood is evident in the eye
- there is an object embedded in the eye or is trapped under an eyelid
- there has been a blow or hit to an eye by a ball, stick, stone, fist, branch, etc.
- chemical burn the chemicals can make a difference so if possible bring the source in with you with the product label.
- Acids -generally make the eyes very red and causes a lot of pain and burning but usually can be flushed out pretty easily. Scarring is what concerns us the most because of the effect it can have on the eyelids and cornea.
- Alkali- or bases are much ore of a concern because often the pain from the burn is muted but while the damage maybe much worse than that of an acid. So, people don’t seek help quickly enough to mitigate the damage. Some examples are bleach, oven cleaners, toilet bowl cleaners, drain clog eliminators, lime and even chalk dust.
- scratched eye
- flashes of light and an increase in the floaters
Most eye injuries are avoidable with appropriate safety eyewear. Encourage children to wear eye protection when participating in sports, and set a good example yourself by wearing safety eyewear when competing or simply mowing and weed-eating the lawn.
If you find yourself with an eye infection, injury or simply have an eye emergency, Optique Professional Eye Care or BA Eye Site is here for you.