Emergency Eye Care in Arizona

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See the Doctors of Nationwide Optometry for Ocular Emergencies

Nationwide Vision is staffed with highly skilled eye specialists who use cutting-edge 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 Arizona optometrists at Nationwide Vision have the experience, skills, and specialties to administer testing and treatment for a variety of eye care emergencies.

Eye emergencies typically happen unexpectedly. It is important to have a plan in place in case you find yourself with an eye emergency. Learn more about the nearest Nationwide Vision location to you!

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Find an Arizona Emergency Eye Care Doctor Near You

At Nationwide Vision, we strive to provide each one of our patients with the best care for their unique vision  needs. Our conveniently located offices have the appropriate technology and treatments to help diagnose, repair, and treat eye emergencies. Nationwide Vision has many locations throughout the state of Arizona for emergency eye care needs. Find us in Phoenix. Scottsdale, San Tan Valley, Tucson and elsewhere throughout the Grand Canyon state. Discover which of our Nationwide locations are closest to you.

What is an Ocular Emergency?

An ocular emergency is a sudden onset of symptoms or eye trauma that affects a person’s vision. Eye emergencies can be several different things including trauma to the eye, sudden vision loss, or chemical exposure.  

The Doctors of Nationwide Optometry can treat a wide range of emergency eye conditions. Nationwide Vision recommends seeking immediate medical attention for pain, redness, or swelling of the eye to prevent further eye damage.

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What Are the Signs of an Eye Care Emergency?

If you’re experiencing any sudden changes in your vision, it’s important to seek medical attention right away. Nationwide Vision recommends visiting one of our offices or the nearest urgent care. 

Depending on the injury, symptoms may include:

  • Burning or stinging

  • Double vision

  • Floating spots 

  • Sudden, blurred vision 

  • Flashes of light

  • Discharge or blood from the eyes

  • Severe itching or swelling

Where Should I Go for Emergency Eye Care?

If you are experiencing an eye emergency, seek medical care at an emergency room or an urgent care clinic. It is important to have a plan in place when dealing with an ocular emergency. These facilities may not be specialized in eye care and unable to properly diagnose or treat certain eye conditions.

Nationwide Vision advises patients to seek immediate attention for eye emergencies at a location nearby. Being evaluated by an eye specialist is most likely to produce the best outcome.

What Do I Do If My Eyes Are Exposed to Chemicals?

Chemical injury to the eye can cause loss of vision 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. To determine how serious an injury is, patients can communicate the type, concentration, and duration of exposure to the doctor. 

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Schedule an Emergency Eye Appointment Today

You should seek immediate medical attention for eye emergencies. The Doctors of 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 right away. 

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?

If you experience a sudden increase in eye floaters or spots in your vision, this may be 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.