Emergency Eye Care
Excel Optometry provides compassionate emergency eye care for patients who can’t wait to be seen for a regular appointment. If you have any sudden issues with your eyes, such as an injury or vision changes, or are experiencing pain, it’s best to call to get in to be evaluated by our eye doctor as soon as possible. If you can’t make it to our practice, you can go to the emergency room, but it is always best to see a professional optometrist for your emergency eye care needs, if possible.
When Is It an Emergency?
Eye problems that are considered an emergency and should be evaluated as soon as possible include:
- Getting chemicals in your eyes
- Sudden loss of vision
- Sudden blurry vision
- An injury to your eye, such as from a scratch or impact
- Seeing “floaters”, which are dark spots in your vision
- Seeing flashes of flight
- Eye pain or redness
- Unusual discharge from your eyes
Even a severe headache accompanied by these changes in vision—or not having changes in vision but still having a headache—could be an eye emergency.
Eye Problems That Can Typically Wait
If you have dry eyes or itchy eyes, or are running low on contacts, these generally are not considered eye emergencies and can typically wait for a regular appointment. However, if you’re having dry or itchy eyes accompanied by pain or vision changes, or any of the symptoms listed above, this is an eye emergency and you should follow up with your eye doctor as soon as possible.