At Advanced Ophthalmology Associates, we take eye emergencies very seriously.
If you are experiencing flashes of light or floaters in your vision, sudden loss of vision, or eye trauma, contact our office immediately. For life-threatening emergencies, dial 911.
Common situations that require emergency care include:
This is by no means an all-inclusive list. If you think it’s an emergency, follow your instinct and get immediate help.
Types of eye emergencies include, but are not limited to:
Retinal detachment is a situation where the retina detaches from the eye. It often occurs from blunt force trauma, as may occur while playing sports, from a vehicle accident, or from a hard fall off an electric bicycle, for example.
Bulging eyes can be caused by an underlying disorder such as thyroid eye disease, an infection, or other reasons. If a person develops one or more bulging eyes, getting emergency eye care right away is important, since eyesight could be in danger.
Scratched and cut corneas are one of the most common eye emergencies. It can happen from an accidental paper cut, an airborne shard of glass, a flying wood splinter, a sharp wayward fingernail, or something else. Whatever the reason, corneal abrasions require emergency eye care.
Some minor eye emergencies can sometimes be treated at home. For example:
Never assume that an eye emergency can be treated at home. Always confer with your ophthalmologist at Advanced Ophthalmology Associates before undertaking treatment for an eye care problem, even if it seems simple.
If you need emergency eye care, your eye doctor has a wide range of treatment options, including eye surgery when necessary. Which one is appropriate will depend upon the specific situation.