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Eye Emergencies

When to Seek Medical Care

In general, if you are not sure if you have a serious eye injury, call your Sugar Land eye doctor for advice.

In some cases, if you have continuing symptoms of pain, visual disturbance, or bleeding, you should go to an ophthalmologist (a medical doctor who specializes in eye care and surgery).

Calling your eye doctor may be helpful in the following circumstances:

emergency eye care in Sugar Land TXChemical exposures: If you are not sure if the exposure is potentially serious, you have washed out your eye, and you have few symptoms, then your optometrist may be able to help you decide whether or not you should be seen immediately.

Subconjunctival hemorrhage: If you are not sure that you have this condition, your eye doctor can help with the diagnosis. This condition, like many other eye diseases, should be looked at, but does not require immediate medical attention.
Continuing pain and decreased vision after an eye injury or eye surgery can be warning signs that require prompt medical attention. Your eye doctor will be able to take care of you in the office during office hours. Otherwise, go to a hospital’s emergency department.

The following conditions should be seen promptly by an Eye Doctor or emergency room physician

Chemical exposures: If the substance was known to be caustic, immediate medical evaluation by either an eye doctor 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, but is causing discomfort, a visit to the emergency department is not likely to be needed, but a visit to the optometrist’s office may be helpful to alleviate any remaining symptoms. When in doubt, seek medical attention.

Lacerations: 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 eye doctor.

Solar retinopathy: Evaluation by an eye doctor is necessary. This is one condition where there is little that can be done in the emergency department.