IS YOUR EYE PROBLEM AN EMERGENCY? By Dr. Lisa Bennett, Ophthalmologist at Madison Medical Eye Care - Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin
You know that you should have your eyes examined every one to two years or more frequently if you have active eye problems such as glaucoma. More questionable is when you should be seen right away, in other words what constitutes an eye emergency.
Sudden vision loss or decreased vision in one or both eyes is definitely an eye emergency. Loss of vision may include: a total blacking out of vision, missing a portion of vision (like the entire right side being gone), having a curtain come down across the vision and/or sudden blurred vision that is not resolving. Any sudden loss of vision should be evaluated promptly to determine the cause and possible treatment.
New onset double vision should also be evaluated promptly, especially if it goes away when you cover one eye. This may be a sign of uncontrolled diabetes, high blood pressure, multiple sclerosis or other conditions that affect the brain.
Any trauma to the eyes should always be seen as soon as possible. Any chemicals that get in the eye should be rinsed out copiously with water for 15-30 minutes even before coming in. Injuries that cause a lot of eye pain, light sensitivity, double vision or decreased vision should be evaluated right away.
Red eyes and associated significant pain, light sensitivity or decreased vision should be seen quickly. Some eye infections or inflammations can cause permanent vision loss if not treated promptly.
Our staff is very good at determining what constitutes an eye emergency. Give us a call if you have any doubts about whether you eye problem is an emergency and we will be sure that you get the care you need in a timely manner.
Dr. Lisa Bennett is an Eye Physician & Surgeon (Ophthalmologist) specializing in medical and surgical eye care such as small incision cataract surgery and blade-free LASIK. She welcomes patients of all ages into her practice and accepts most insurance plans.
For more eye care information, call 262-241-1919 or visit www.MadisonMedicalEyeCare.com.