Eye Emergencies Questions and Answers
Eye Emergencies are injuries caused by eye trauma or disorders flaring up due to infection or some other external factor. Please call Promontory Family Vision as soon as possible if you experience eye trauma such as infectious keratitis, corneal abrasion or acute hyphema in the Ogden, Utah area or book an appointment online. We serve patients from Ogden UT, Washington Terrace UT, Uintah UT, Harrisville UT, South Ogden UT and Roy, UT.
If you think you have received an injury to your eye you should make sure you contact an Optometrist as soon as possible. Many eye emergencies require quick care to avoid any lasting vision loss or other complications. Our friendly team at Promontory Family Vision will always do our best to deal with eye emergencies as soon as possible and to the best of our ability, guaranteeing you the best care available.
Which Symptom may indicate an eye emergency?
Most eye emergencies will be the result of eye trauma which covers everything from poking yourself in the eye to major damage caused by an accident. If you believe that you have received eye trauma it is important to go see an eye doctor as any damage to the eye, optic nerve or brain could lead to major vision loss.
Sometimes there are symptoms that can indicate an eye emergency even when there has been no direct damage or even any injury to the head. These symptoms include flashes of light or black spots on your vision, unexpected eye pain that will not go away, loss of peripheral vision, sudden loss of vision in one eye, eyelids that are red or crusty, swelling around the eyes and seeing rainbows or halos around sources of light.
Is an eye infection an emergency?
The most common type of eye infection is conjunctivitis, which is a viral infection. While this type of infection is frustrating and sometimes painful, it is not an emergency. However, you should make an appointment to see your optometrist or general practitioner if you need to relieve the pain.
A more serious eye infection that does qualify as an eye emergency is infectious keratitis, which is a bacterial infection of the cornea that develops quickly and can result in vision loss if not treated. Some symptoms of infectious keratitis that differentiate it from conjunctivitis are noticeable vision loss, greatly increased light sensitivity and excessive tearing. In some cases, if keratitis is not treated quickly a corneal transplant may be the only method of restoring vision. So, if you have any of these in addition to other symptoms you should seek urgent care from an Optometrist.
How do you know if eye pain is serious?
If your eye pain feels severe or lasts for a long period of time it is a good idea to go and see an eye doctor. Some specific symptoms to keep note of that may indicate a more serious eye emergency are a change in iris color, crossed eyes, dark spots that occur in the center of the field of vision, dry eyes accompanied by itching or burning, cloudy vision, excessive discharge from the eye, or a difficulty focusing on distant or near objects.
What are the types of eye injury?
Different eye injuries include:
- Subconjunctival hemorrhages – bruises that appear on the sclera of the eye.
- Corneal abrasions – small or large scratches on the surface of the cornea.
- Acute hyphema – blood collects in the space between the cornea and iris gradually impairing vision and eventually causing blindness.
- A puncture of the eyeball – where the sclera or cornea have been torn.
All of these should direct you to immediately see an eye doctor though some, like acute hyphema and punctures, are far more serious than others.
If you believe that you are suffering from an eye injury or ailment in need of emergency care, please contact us at Promontory Family Vision where our expert staff will take care of you as soon as possible. If you need assistance after hours please go to an urgent care center or hospital as soon as possible to receive immediate care, as time is often of the essence when treating eye conditions.