There can be many reasons for your eyes to cause you concern. Children especially appear to be prone to eye accidents. However, we consider it an “ocular emergency” when a condition requires prompt medical attention. It may be difficult to know if your eye condition requires this type of medical attention, and – when in doubt – go ahead and give a qualified optometrist a call.
Ocular emergencies can include a variety of things, from the less traumatic to the more extreme. Some common concerns that affect family members of all ages include cuts, scratches, and objects that can’t be removed. If you have a condition that is getting worse, you should contact an optometrist for more information.
More serious ocular concerns that may demand quick attention from an optometrist can include any of the following, as well as others:
- Severe eye pain
- Sudden vision loss or blurred vision
- Chemical exposures
- Blunt injuries
- Large objects in the eye
- Bulging and swelling
- Eyes not properly aligning
- Damage to the eyelid and surrounding areas
In addition to injury, some medical conditions, such as eye infections, may require professional intervention. There are many more conditions that may require immediate medical attention. When in doubt, contact a vision specialist. At Friedman Eye Care, we are happy to answer your eye questions and provide you with the information and assistance you need.