Certain eye-related problems, especially those with pain and discomfort as primary symptoms, require an immediate visit to the nearest eye doctor. You have a better chance at recovery if you have the infection or inflammation treated as soon as possible. Here’s a look at five of them:
1. Traumatic Eye Injury
Most eye care emergencies are due to accidents. Most of the time, patients experience any combination of these symptoms: pain, light sensitivity, eye redness, eye swelling or double vision. Unless the injury is serious, applying cold compress without putting pressure in the affected eye helps relieve pain and swelling. Eye injuries can lead to partial or permanent vision loss if not treated promptly by a vision-care professional.
2. Foreign Body Stuck in the Eye
A particle or foreign body can be dislodged from the front surface of the eye by irrigating it with artificial tears or a saline solution. Immediate medical care is required, however, if the particle doesn’t wash out. Don’t delay—metallic particles can cause rusting spots on the affected eye if not treated.
3. Red Eye
Redness in the eyes requires a visit to an eye care center, especially if it is accompanied by a discharge. Depending on the diagnosis, the doctor may prescribe an antibiotic or another form of treatment. Conjunctivitis, or “pink eye,” for instance, can often be confused with two sight-threatening conditions—uveitis and ocular herpes.
4. Eye-Related Warning Signs
In addition to the ones mentioned above, the American Optometric Association (AOA) recommends seeking medical attention if you experience any of the following symptoms:
One eye not moving like the other
New or severe headaches
Bruising or bleeding around the eye
Blood in the sclera, or white part of the eye
Severe eye itching
At AAPECS Atlantic Eye Care, we are passionate about preserving and protecting your vision. We are with you every step of the way, from routine eye exams to the treatment of serious eye diseases. We have the equipment, knowledge and experience to diagnose your eye problem, then design a treatment plan that works uniquely for your eyes.
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