If you’ve had any sudden problems with your sight, the first question you need to ask is, “Is this an ocular emergency?” Why is it so important that you ask yourself this question? Here is the answer: your optical health is just as important as your physical health. You rely on your eyesight heavily. Should something go wrong or issues occur, it is vital that you seek appropriate help immediately. Prolonging aid could cause the issue to escalate and leave irreparable damage. Ocular emergencies should be treated with the same severity as any other kind of emergency involving your health.
Here is a list of issues that are considered ocular emergencies:
- Flashing lights – While normal if you just had your picture taken with the flash on, it is not normal if it occurs at random.
- Floaters – These are spots in your vision, and while they might also occur from looking at the flash of a camera, if no camera was involved and if floaters are accompanied by flashing lights, this poses as a serious problem.
- Sudden Vision Changes – This includes a curtain-like shadow and partial or full vision loss.
- Pain/Discharge – Should this occur, you may have a foreign body (metal or organic) in your eye, an infection, or an allergic reaction. Rubbing the area could make it worse, putting you at risk for a corneal abrasion.
- Damage – This includes chemical burns, trauma from hemorrhages, or blunt force trauma, like a fist to the face.
- Irritations –Ingrown eye lashes, red eyes, and eye lid skin lesions fall under this category.
For whatever reason, should any of these ocular emergencies happen to you, it’s vital that you come in to our ocular emergency walk-in clinic. Should you have an ocular emergency outside of our standard hours, contact our office immediately so you can receive proper treatment.