Eye injuries range from the very minor such as getting soap in your eye, to the catastrophic such as chemical exposures or lacerations, which could result in permanent loss of vision. Find out when to seek immediate medical care.
When to Seek Medical Care
In most cases, if you have continuing symptoms of pain, visual disturbance, or bleeding, you should go to an optometrist or ophthalmologist (a medical doctor who specializes in eye care and surgery).
In general, if you are not sure if you have a serious eye injury, call your optometrist for advice.
Calling your optometrist may be helpful in the following circumstances
The following conditions should be seen promptly by an optometrist or at the emergency room
If the substance was known to be caustic, immediate medical evaluation by either an ophthalmologist or in the emergency department is needed, regardless of symptoms. Acids and alkalis are the worst and require immediate attention. If the substance is not dangerous, such as soap or suntan lotion, a visit to the emergency department is not necessary, but a visit to the ophthalmologist's office may be helpful to alleviate any remaining symptoms. When in doubt, seek medical attention.
We are ready to look after ALL of your eye care needs in one location. In addition to the services you already rely on us for such as routine eye exams, contact lenses. designer frames and eyeglasses - think of your Optometrist first for:
- sore, red, or itchy eyes
- treatment of "pink eye" and other bacterial infections
- removal of foreign bodies from the eye (such as wood or metal)
- treatment of eye allergies or burns
- emergency eye care
This is convenient and cost effective for your whole family and you can be sure you are receiving the attention of an eye care specialist.
Dr. Wong and Associates provides quality eye care services to the Danbury and Stamford, CT area.
Cuts that affect the eyelid margins (where the eyelashes are) or the eyeball itself need immediate medical attention. Foreign bodies that are not removed with gentle washing should be evaluated by an ophthalmologist.
Evaluation by an ophthalmologist is necessary. This is one condition where there is little that can be done in the emergency department.