Chemical 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. If the substance was known to be caustic, immediate medical evaluation by either an optometrist 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, a visit to the emergency department is not necessary, but a visit to the eye doctor's office may be helpful to alleviate any remaining symptoms. When in doubt, seek medical attention.
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Eye Conditions & Optical Diseases
• Allergies of the eye
• Amblyopia / lazy eye
• Blurry vision
• Color blindness
• Conjunctivitis / pink eye
• Detached retina
• Diabetic retinopathy
• Double vision / ghost images
• Dry eyes
• Eye infections
• Eye occlusions / strokes
• Eye twitching
• Floaters, spots, flashes
• Hyperopia / farsightedness
• Macular degeneration
• Myopia / nearsightedness
• Ocular hypertension
• Ocular migraine
• Optic neuritis
• Peripheral vision loss
• Photophobia / light sensitivity
• Pink eye / Conjunctivitis
• Retina problems Q&A
• Strabismus / Crossed Eyes
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Injury Eye Care
We want to be your first thought for any eye concern
Lacerations: Cuts that affect the eyelid margins (where the eyelashes are) or the eyeball itself need immediate medical attention.
Foreign Objects: (Something in the Eye). Getting something in your eye seems like it should be an emergency, and it often is. Whether your eye is invaded by a piece of metal, a thorn or sticker,
Pink Eye: If the redness is from a form of pink eye known as conjunctivitis, you also will have symptoms such as itching, burning or stinging, discharge, swelling, watering — or a combination of the above. Some forms of pink eye are contagious, and some are not. So it’s best to see your eye doctor or family doctor for diagnosis and possible treatment.
Quick Tip: Until you know more about what may be causing your problem, you should avoid rubbing your eyes. Make sure you wash your hands often. For relief, use cool, wet compresses on the outside of your closed eyelids.
Eye Allergies: Allergies can be seasonal (spring and fall), or they can happen when something irritating (allergen) invades your eyes, like cat dander or fumes. Symptoms of eye allergies include itchy eyes and red, watery and puffy eyes.
Quick Tip: Try cold, wet compresses on the outside of your closed eyelids. You also may find relief if you take an over-the-counter antihistamine orally. If the allergy continues to annoy you, you may need to see your eye doctor for a prescription to help you deal with symptoms.
Broken Blood Vessel: (Subconjunctival hemorrhage) Tiny blood vessels in the white of the eye can break from straining, lifting, rubbing or for no reason at all. It looks scary, but usually it is harmless and ordinarily isn’t considered an emergency.
Quick Tip: To be on the safe side, you should see your eye doctor within a day or two after noticing symptoms to make sure there’s no underlying cause for the broken vessel. Otherwise, there really is no treatment other than time.
Eye Trauma: Getting hit in the eye can certainly cause redness, along with pain and blurred vision. The eye may be scratched or gouged, but there also could be hidden damage inside the eye that can be very serious and must be treated.
Quick Tip: For some immediate relief, put a very cold compress or ice pack on the injured eye. Avoid rubbing it.
Itchy Eyes: Very often, mild itching can be helped with over-the-counter lubricating eye drops. Avoid those that take away redness (decongestants), as they can be addictive. You can also use cold compresses or ice packs. More severe itching may need oral antihistamines or prescription eye drops. If your eyelids are red and inflamed, you could have blepharitis. Make sure you visit your eye doctor to determine the cause and appropriate treatment.
Quick Tip: Try to avoid rubbing your eyes! Rubbing releases chemicals called histamines that actually make the itching worse.
Blurred Vision: If you have blurred vision that happens suddenly and persists, consider this an emergency. If one eye becomes blurry or goes dark suddenly, get checked out by your eye doctor or an emergency room. Keep in mind that many eye conditions can cause some blurred vision, including pink eye, allergies, dry eyes and even a lot of near vision work. Most of these are not emergency situations.
Quick Tip: For mild blurry vision, try resting your eyes. If the blurry vision persists, make an appointment for an eye exam.
Eye Burning: Eye burning can be caused by allergy, dryness, tiredness, vision stress (like computer work) or a combination of the above. See your eye doctor if the burning persists, but this symptom is not usually an emergency.
Quick Tip: Usually, burning can be helped with over-the-counter lubricating eye drops and rest. You can also use cool, moist compresses.
Eye Pain: Eye pain along with redness or blurred vision should be considered an emergency. Constant eye pain, especially when moving your eyes or gently pushing on your eyes, can sometimes indicate an inflammation of some of the inner eye parts. See your eye doctor as soon as possible for diagnosis and treatment.
Quick Tip: If your eye pain is dull like a headache in your eye, but there is no redness or blurred vision, this could be caused by overuse, eye strain or even sinus problems. See your doctor only if it doesn’t clear up with rest or perhaps some Tylenol or Advil.
Spots, Flashes and Floaters: Most spots and floaters are normal. But if you suddenly see flashes of light, clouds of floaters, swirly mists or a curtain over part of your vision, it’s best to see your eye doctor or an emergency room/urgent care center.
Quick Tip: Most vitreous detachments creating spots and floaters just need to be watched. You have no way of knowing whether you have a vitreous detachment or a far more serious retinal detachment.
or a sharp object, it’s critical that you see an eye doctor or an emergency room/urgent care center right away. Don’t rub your eye or attempt to remove whatever is in there. You could cause more damage. Loosely tape a paper cup (or eye shield if you have one) over your eye and seek help.
Eyes can turn red for many reasons, including infection, inflammation, allergy, broken blood vessels and trauma. If the white of your eye (sclera) looks red or pink, you might have one of the following conditions and may need to been by the eye doctor or by the emergency room/urgent care center:
Our expert eye doctors are knowledgeable and equipped to handle many medical eye conditions. From pink eye to glaucoma, the optometrists at Gordon Eye Care are up to date with the latest treatments and are ready to help alleviate or properly manage your eye condition. Too often we hear of patients calling their primary care doctor or going to an urgent care center because of an eye issue. We want you to know that we are the eye care experts – and we’re always available 24/7 to put you at ease and make your eyes feel better. Some patients have been shy to call after hours, so please don't be afraid to call or email us and one of our doctors will get right back to you.
Continuing pain and decreased vision after an eye injury can be warning signs that require prompt medical attention. In most cases, if you have continuing symptoms of pain, visual disturbance, or bleeding, you should come in to Gordon Eye Care immediately or visit your local Emergency Room or Urgent Care Center. In general, if you are not sure if you have a serious eye injury, call us at (954) 583-1311 immediately for advice or call 911 for your local hospital's emergency department.
When to Seek Emergency Eye Care
What if Your Eyes Are Red, Irritated or Painful?
Solar retinopathy: Evaluation by an optometrist is necessary. This is one condition where there is little that can be done in the emergency department.