If you do have an eye injury call (918)743-9918 during regular office hours and on the weekends call (918)879-5055.
Who should you call an eye doctor or urgent care?
When you have an eye injury or an acute visual distortion you should contact an optometrist. Urgent care centers all over the area are equipped to handle a lot of non life threatening conditions and injuries, but when it comes to your eyes and vision trust those to an optometrist.
We have the equipment and training required to help preserve your vision and best evaluate your eyes. We know often things can not wait and should be seen in a urgent manner which is why we have an emergency line to help (918)879-5055.
Often an eye injury will lead to a sleepless night of pain which can occur during R.E.M. and cause a person to wake up in intense pain. The next day the eye can be very light sensitive, red with discharge and the vision be blurred and hazy.
Don’t suffer through it contact Optique Professional Eye Care or BA Eye Site and let us help your eye to heal up and recover properly. We accept most medical insurance plans.
This month we have seen many eye injuries in the office, Some of which used our emergency line (918)893-3769 X306 and were seen over a weekend. These injuries and infections range from an assault victim to being hit in the eye with a wood chip and another was a rock. Because of the warmer weather we are becoming more active around the house and out in public which increases the incidences of injuries and contact with contagions.
Eye protection should always be a priority, and when something does happen prompt care by an eye doctor is imperative. The eye is sensitive organ and there are many places where problems can and do arise. The eye will give off a host of symptoms if something is wrong: redness, swelling, watering, blurred vision, mucous discharge, itchiness or grittiness, flashes of light, spots in the vision, pain or discomfort, light sensitivity, and hot to the touch are all symptoms that should be checked.
Many of our patients consult Dr. Google with their symptoms and are often scared by the search results that come back. We are here for you at Optique Professional Eye Care in the Country Club Plaza center at 51st and Harvard, and for those patients south we have a sister location at 101st and Aspen in Broken Arrow, BA Eye Site. Consider us your Urgent Care for Eye Care.
When should you be seen?
- Red eyes
- Watery eyes
- Goopy eyes
- Painful eyes
- Sore eyes
- Blurred Vision
- Sudden vision loss
- Loss of visual field
- Spots in the vision
- Flashes of light
- Trauma to the eyes
- Contusion to the eyes, face of orbit
- Sudden Double Vision
- Light Sensitivity
- Foreign Body Sensation
- Bleeding in the eye
Any of these symptoms warrant an evaluation by an eyecare professional.
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.
Consider screening tests at your eye doctor!
We continue to upgrade and update our clinic, eyewear collections and technology. One technology upgrade we have brought into Optique Professional Eye Care is the iFusion by optovue. This equipment contains an Ocular Coherence Tomography (OCT, which is like an MRI of the eye) capable of scanning the front and back of the eye and the iCam which integrates digital imaging of the front and back of the eye.
The benefits of this allows us to diagnose, document, educate and monitor treatments of various conditions affecting both the eye and the body. Diabetes is one good example of a systemic condition that can be detected in the eyes. Then there are the eye conditions like macular degeneration, glaucoma, retinal detachments and central serous retinopathy.
Some of the interesting items our instrument has detected are macular holes, epiretinal membranes, macular drusen. Our doctor will review the images with you and explain any findings. Pictures truly are worth a thousand words, and if you have ever had a home inspection you understand they generally take many picture for their final report to help document their findings. Why not have that level of understanding and documentation done on your eyes!
When using this technology there are two mode of operation one is the screening the other is a more indepth imaging study in order to provide more data points and analysis when looking a specific condition or issue. Screenings are not generally covered by insurance and are out of pocket but are often worth the small fee. The full threshold battery of testing is more expensive and is often billed to insurance.
If you have any eye issues or would just like to have a more thorough look at a condition give us a call! Optique Professional Eye Care in the heart of Tulsa is always accepting new patients. (918)743-9918, we would love to hear from you.