Eye emergencies can be alarming, especially if you aren’t sure where to go or what to do when they occur.
At Revision Optix, we’re here to take the guesswork out of navigating eye emergencies.
A wide range of conditions fall under the category of an eye emergency, but what they all have in common is that they pose a risk to your vision and eye health.
Common types of eye emergencies include:
Foreign object stuck in eye
Scratched cornea (surface of the eye)
Sudden onset and increase in visual floaters or flashes
Sudden loss of vision
Moderate to severe eye pain
Eyes that don’t move in sync
Different sized pupils
Bleeding or discharge coming from the eye
One bulging eye
Burning, stinging or itchy eyes
Conjunctivitis (pink eye)
Chemical or heat burns
Try to stay calm and contact Revision Optix in Simpsonville without delay.
Although your first instinct may be to rush to an emergency room or urgent care center, a trip to your eye doctor can be more efficient.
That’s because urgent care facilities are often overcrowded, understaffed, or simply aren’t as experienced in the field of eye emergencies. You may be more comfortable in an eye doctor’s office, where you won’t have to wait as long to be treated.
Here’s some science to backup that point.
A 2018 study published in Ophthalmology found that 25% of eye-related conditions treated in the emergency department were diagnosed with non-urgent conditions that could have been easily treated in an optometrist’s office.
That study also noted that people who have an established relationship with a local optometrist were 10% less likely to visit the emergency room for eye-related matters.
Of course, you’ll want to use your best judgment and seek emergency medical care in cases of severe eye injuries or infections, especially those that may require surgery or hospitalization. If you aren’t sure, call Revision Optix and we’ll help guide you.
At Revision Optix in Simpsonville, we offer a wide range of eye care services, including emergency eye care.
Our facility is equipped to handle all sorts of eye emergencies for your convenience and comfort.
Contact us today to learn more about our services, and ask about our emergency eye care hours.
Frequently Asked Questions
A:Chlorine is a main ingredient in many household cleaners and bleaches, and can seriously damage your eye tissue if it gets in your eye. In severe cases, chlorine or bleach in the eye can cause blindness. If you get bleach or other household chemicals in your eye, immediately remove your contact lenses if you’re wearing some, and begin to irrigate your eyes with clean tap water. Then, contact your eye doctor for further instructions.
A: Resist the urge to rub, press or touch your eyes, as this can cause more damage. If something is lodged or embedded in your eye, or it feels like something is stuck in your eye, don’t use an object (like a cotton swab or tweezers) to try and remove it. Only an eye care professional should remove a foreign body from your eye.
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