Ocular Emergencies

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Nationwide Vision: Emergency Eye Care

Nationwide Vision is staffed with highly skilled eye specialists who use the latest technology to help evaluate and treat ocular emergencies. Emergency eye care may be required for patients experiencing acute, painful, or debilitating symptoms, including eye injuries. The eye doctors with Nationwide Optometry have the experience, skills, and specialties pertaining to ocular emergencies and they can help administer testing and treatment for a variety of eye care emergencies.

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What Is an Ocular Emergency?

A sudden onset of symptoms or eye trauma that affects a person’s vision, it is considered an ocular emergency. Eye emergencies can be a number of different things including  trauma to the eye, sudden vision loss, or chemical exposure.  The doctors with Nationwide Optometry have a wide range of emergency eye care procedures and treatment methods that they can help patients with. Nationwide Vision recommends seeking immediate medical attention for pain, redness, or swelling of the eye to prevent further damage to the eye and permanent vision problems.

Sudden Changes or Loss in Vision

Noticeable and sudden vision changes or vision loss such as blurred or double vision can indicate that a patient is suffering from eye conditions such as retinal detachment or corneal defects, or other serious health issues like strokes and neurological damage. Symptoms of such issues can look like blurred vision, flashing lights, and floating spots. If you are experiencing those symptoms suddenly, see an eye specialist as soon as possible.

Where to Go for Emergency Eye Care

If you are suffering from an eye emergency, seek medical care at an emergency room or an urgent care clinic, but it is important to note these facilities may not specialize in eye care and may be unable to properly diagnose and treat certain eye conditions like retinal detachment. The Nationwide Vision advises patients to seek immediate attention for eye emergencies at a location that is accessible and offers the best treatment options. Being evaluated by an eye specialist will most likely have the best outcome.

Chemical Exposure to Eyes

Chemical exposure to the eyes can cause permanent damage and scarring to the eye. It is important to flush the eyes immediately with a saline solution or water, and then to seek emergency eye care as soon as possible. Patients can help a doctor determine how serious the injury is by communicating the type of chemical they were exposed to, how concentrated it was, if it was an acid or base, and how long it has been since exposure.

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Schedule an Emergency Eye Appointment Today

You should seek immediate medical attention for eye emergencies. The doctors with Nationwide Optometry can help patients suffering from traumatic and discomforting eye conditions that can result in vision loss. If you are concerned about a change in your vision, call Nationwide Vision to schedule an emergency eye care appointment. 

Frequently Asked Questions about Emergency Eye Care

Does Medical Insurance Cover Emergency Eye Care?

Medical insurance usually covers eye care emergencies including emergency eye care, disease care, and specialized diagnostic testing. However, Nationwide Vision recommends that patients prepare for potential eye emergencies by contacting their insurance providers in advance for important coverage details.

Are Eye Flashes or Floaters an Emergency?

While the occasional eye floater is not cause for concern, a new flash of light or sudden increase in floaters or spots in vision should be considered an eye care emergency. Flashes and floaters can indicate retinal detachment or other serious health conditions.

When Is Eye Pain an Ocular Emergency?

Patients experiencing unusual or severe eye pain accompanied by fever, headache, light sensitivity, nausea, vomiting, or sudden vision changes should seek immediate medical care. Also, If there was a chemical exposure or foreign objects in the eye that cannot be cleared, and secretions of blood or other discharge from the eye should be treated as eye care emergencies.