Emergency Eye Care
Our optometrists provide emergency eye care services for people experiencing ocular emergencies in Blue Island and Chicago. If you or a family member is experiencing an eye emergency, please contact us immediately so that we can help you.
What are Signs of an Eye Emergency?
The American Optometric Association recommends seeking medical attention if you experience:
- Eyes burning or stinging.
- One eye not moving like the other.
- Decreased vision or double vision.
- Sensitivity to light.
- Bruising and/or bleeding around the eye.
- Blood in the white of your eye.
- Discharge from your eye.
- Severe itching sensation in your eye.
- New or severe headaches.
These conditions are considered eye emergencies for which you need emergency eye care services. If you experience these conditions, please contact us immediately for care.
A red eye
If you are experiencing a red eye with discharge, you need emergency eye care. Pink eye, otherwise known as conjunctivitis, is viral and contagious and it’s important to get this condition treated promptly. Pink eye is not the only condition which causes redness with discharge, so it’s important to have an optometrist look for the other symptoms of a red eye that might be sight threatening.
Foreign body or chemical burn
If you get something stuck in your eye or experience a chemical burn, do not delay contacting us for care.
Sudden change in vision
A sudden change in vision may indicate a retinal or corneal defect that can cause permanent vision loss if left untreated. One such defect is retinal detachment. If you’re seeing flashing lights and spots and/or a shower of floating spots from within the eye, you may have a detached retina. There are other serious conditions which may cause a sudden change in vision, and warrant emergency eye care.