Read more about emergency eye care in Chicago
1. Emergency Eye Care for the Family
When an eye emergency occurs, prompt treatment is essential to prevent additional damage. If you are experiencing pain or discomfort in your eye, then the best thing that you can do is contact an experienced optometry office to schedule an appointment, contact us.
Our team at Vision Boutique understands that eye emergencies are time-sensitive and need to be addressed immediately. We gladly accept same day appointments. After hours inquiries can be booked by the Make An Appointment tab on this page.
2. When to Call an Optometrist
How do you know if the symptoms that you are experiencing are bad enough to call for immediate care? Regardless of the severity of the pain and discomfort, the best thing that you can do is talk to our team about custom recommendations. We can discuss the symptoms over the phone to determine if an emergency care appointment is needed.
These are some of the eye symptoms that might require an emergency exam and treatment:
- Trauma to the eye
- Pink or red eye
- Pain in or around the eye
- Swollen eyelids
- Foreign particles in the eye
- Crustiness or mucous discharge
- Watery eyes
- Extreme itching
- Blurred vision
- Blood visible on the eye
- Unusual light sensitivity
- Flashes of light
- Sudden loss of vision
If the symptoms accompany other health problems, then it might be best to visit a hospital first. For example, eye trauma due to a car accident likely requires hospital treatment first before a conversation with an optometrist.
3. Emergencies During and After Business Hours
During normal business hours, we will do our best to fit you into the schedule for immediate treatment. The best solution is to call ahead and then come to our office as soon as possible. When the eye emergency happens after hours, make sure to use the Make An Appointment tab to determine the best time to get into our office right away.
4. Caring for Your Eyes in an Emergency
There are a few things that you can do to care for your eyes when an emergency happens. If you are experiencing pain or sensitivity to light, the first thing that you should do is remove your contact lenses if you are wearing them. Discontinuing use can reduce the irritation to the eye. Put on your glasses and take the contact lenses and case with you to the eye appointment.
When particles are causing irritation in the eye, never rub or press on the eye. It is important to flush the eyes as soon as possible. For example, if dust blows into the eye when you are outside, then flushing the eye might eliminate the symptoms and discomfort. Flushing is also important if you get some type of chemical in the eye, such as cleaning products. Use warm water in the sink and tilt your head to the side. Let the water gently flow over the eyeball while you are holding the eyelid open.
When an infection is present, you will see that the eye is pink or red in the white area of the eye. Often, these symptoms are paired with discharge and increased tear production. This minor infection can be treated with medication. But, diagnosis is essential to ensure that we are treating the right condition. You can contact our office any time if you suspect that you need emergency eye care. We are always here to help!