Emergency Eye Care

Eye Trauma and Emergencies

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Our office is available for emergency eye care during regular office hours. We also have an emergency phone line dedicated for our patients to get in contact with one of our on-call doctor after hours. If you have symptoms of “flashes of light”, new “spots/floaters” or a “curtain/veil” in your vision, you could be experiencing an ocular emergency. The eye does not have any pain sensors so these symptoms are your best clue that there may be something wrong. In contrast, the cornea (the clear window on the front of the eye) has more nerve pain sensors that any other part of the body. Injury to the cornea can be incredibly painful. However, in both cases, immediate treatment is needed. Our office staff is well trained to know how to expedite the treatment of these type of injuries. Call immediately when an injury occurs. We are here to help.

Retinal Trauma

Contusions, otherwise referred to as a “black eye” can result in more than just the obvious bruises on the face. The retina is the nerve tissue that senses light which lines the back of the eye. There is a blood vessel layer under the retina. This is very delicate and sensitive tissue.

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A common injury is a foreign body (metal, wood, or other material) embedded in the cornea or under the eyelid. Performing common tasks such as: mowing/weed whipping, grinding/drilling metal or cutting wood all pose a risk for foreign bodies to be retained in the eye. Very tiny foreign objects which become lodged in the eye are not only painful, but also have risk for causing severe infections as well.

If you experience an iron foreign body in the cornea, as in this photo, it will immediately begin to rust due to the salty consistency of our tears. When the metal particle is removed, there is a remaining rust deposit that has infiltrated the surrounding cornea. We have experience at removing these rust spots. With proper medical treatment these injuries resolve well. A local anesthetic in the form of an eye drop is used to prevent any pain during treatment.

If the foreign particle was embedded in the central visual axis of the cornea, there may be a scar remaining which could effect the patients ultimate visual acuity. Safety glasses are always recommended to prevent these type of injuries.

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A compression type of injury can knock the retina loose and cause bleeding underneath. These examples show both retinal hemorrhage and retinal detachment. Both can result in blindness to the effected eye. Immediate examination and subsequent treatment is needed in these type of injuries.

Emergency Eye Care

If you have symptoms of “Flashes of Light” in your vision, when there is no light to explain the flashes, this could mean that there is something happening on the back of the eye. The eye does not have any pain sensors so flashes are your best clue that there is something wrong. In contrast the cornea (the clear window on the front of the eye) has more nerve pain sensors that any other part of the body. Injury to the cornea can be incredibly painful. However, in both cases, immediate treatment is needed. Our office staff is well trained to know how to expedite the treatment of these type of injuries. Call immediately when an injury occurs. we are here to help.