Annual eye exams with True Focus Eye Care are essential for the health of your vision and your eyes. There are situations where you may need to see your eye doctor between your regular exams. For example, if you have an eye allergy or conjunctivitis, you will need to schedule an appointment for a medical visit. There are other situations that would require emergency eye care. It is crucial that you know what issues are considered emergencies so that you can seek medical attention immediately.
Sudden Onset of Vision Loss
If your vision suddenly worsens, you should contact your eye doctor immediately. Several serious conditions could be causing your vision loss, such as a retinal detachment. It could be something more serious such as a stroke or a brain tumor.
Foreign Object in the Eye
A foreign object in the eye such as sand, dust, glass shards, and metal requires immediate medical attention. If you cannot flush the object from your eye with water, you will need to see your eye doctor immediately. Trying to remove the object yourself with your fingers, cotton swabs, or tweezers can cause more damage. Your eye doctor can remove the object safely, and prescribe medication if necessary, to prevent infection.
A corneal abrasion is a scratch on your cornea. This type of injury can occur if you get poked in the eye or if something scratches the surface of your eye. If you have a foreign object in your eye and you rub it, it can also cause this condition. Early treatment is essential in preventing a bacterial or fungal infection of the eye.
Chemicals in the Eye
If you splash chemicals in your eye, the first thing you should do is flush your eye with water for at least 15-minutes. Even if the pain subsides, you need to see your eye doctor. If you suffered a chemical burn, you would need immediate treatment to prevent an infection.
Blow to the Eye
If you are hit in the eye, it can result in a broken orbital bone or a retinal detachment. Without treatment, this type of injury can cause permanent vision loss.
Glaucoma is a serious condition that requires treatment to show the progression of the disease. Open-angle glaucoma shows no early symptoms; however, angle-closure glaucoma causes painful symptoms and is considered a medical emergency. This condition occurs when the fluid in your eye cannot drain, and the pressure in your eyes increases rapidly. This can cause severe eye pain, headaches, blurry vision, and nausea and vomiting. If you experience these symptoms, you should contact your eye doctor immediately.
Schedule an Appointment Today!
If you experience a medical eye emergency, contact True Focus Eye Care immediately. Our optometrist treats patients in Port Richey and Pasco County. To schedule an appointment with our doctor of optometry, give us a call today at (727) 819-0440.