Emergency Eye Care

Your eyes should be regularly examined for any changes to your vision because certain eye symptoms can indicate the need for emergency care. In addition, some eye conditions may not have noticeable symptoms, or they may come on very gradually. This makes it important to have regular eye exams, as many eye conditions can be effectively treated when identified early.


Eye Emergencies

The following symptoms may indicate an emergency requiring immediate medical attention:

  • Black spots or flashes of light
  • Curtain-like disappearance of vision
  • Eye injury or pain
  • Seeing halos or rainbows around light
  • Loss of peripheral (side) vision
  • Sudden hazy or blurred vision
  • Sudden vision loss in one eye
  • Red, crusty or swollen eyelids

Non-Emergency Eye Symptoms

The following symptoms may not be emergencies but still require examination from your eye doctor:

  • Difficulty focusing on distant or close-up objects
  • Changes to your eye color
  • Dark spots in the center of your vision
  • Excessive tearing or watering of your eyes
  • Itchy, burning or dry eyes
  • Lines and edges appearing wavy or distorted
  • Difficulty adjusting to dark rooms
  • Seeing spots or ghost-like images
  • Squinting because of light sensitivity or glare
  • Eye strain and/or frequent headaches

We understand the importance of eye care when you encounter symptoms such as those listed above. These are signs that an immediate evaluation or consultation is necessary – please call us to set one up if you are experiencing an eye emergency of any kind.