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Ocular Emergencies

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EyeCare Associates: Emergency Eye Care

EyeCare Associates is staffed with highly skilled eye doctors who use the latest technology to help evaluate and treat ocular emergencies. Emergency eye care may be required for patients who are experiencing acute, painful, or debilitating eye conditions, including eye injuries. The EyeCare Associates optometrists have the  experience, skills, and specialized knowledge in ocular emergencies and they can help administer testing and treatment for a variety of eye care emergencies.

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What Is an Ocular Emergency?

An ocular emergency is defined as the sudden onset of symptoms or eye trauma that affects a person’s vision. Eye emergencies can be a number of different things including but not limited to trauma to the eye, sudden vision loss, or chemical exposure. The doctors at EyeCare Associates have a wide range of emergency eye care procedures and treatment methods that they can utilize to treat patients. EyeCare Associates recommends seeking immediate medical attention for pain, redness, or swelling of the eye to prevent further damage and permanent vision problems.

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Find Ocular Emergency Treatment From EyeCare Associates Near You

EyeCare Associates can diagnose and treat ocular emergencies at our locations serving Alabama.

Warning Signs of an Eye Care Emergency

EyeCare Associates recommends making an appointment immediately if you experience any sudden changes in vision or anything on the list below:

  • Burning or stinging

  • Divergent or unusual eye movements

  • Double vision

  • Sudden, blurred vision

  • Flashes of light

  • New or increased sensitivity to light

  • discharge or blood in the eyes, 

  • Severe itching or swelling

Sudden Changes or Loss in Vision

Noticeable and sudden vision changes or vision loss such as blurred or double vision can indicate that a patient is suffering from eye conditions such as retinal detachment or corneal defects, or other serious health issues like strokes and neurological damage. Symptoms of such issues can look like blurred vision, flashing lights, and floating spots. If you are experiencing those symptoms suddenly, see an eye specialist as soon as possible.

The Experienced Emergency Eye Care Doctors at EyeCare Associates

The doctors at EyeCare Associates have experience and are skilled in treating ocular emergencies.  

Each office has the appropriate technology and treatments that are utilized by eye care specialists that can help diagnose, repair, and treat  eye emergencies. Be sure to schedule an appointment specifically for emergency eye care.

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Schedule an Emergency Eye Appointment Today

If you are experiencing an ocular emergency, seek medical attention immediately. The doctors at EyeCare Associates can help patients suffering from traumatic and uncomfortable eye conditions that can cause vision loss if left untreated.  If you are concerned about a change in your vision, call EyeCare Associates to schedule an emergency eye care appointment.

Frequently Asked Questions about Emergency Eye Care

Does Medical Insurance Cover Emergency Eye Care?

Medical insurance usually covers eye care emergencies including emergency eye care, disease care, and specialized diagnostic testing. EyeCare Associates recommends that patients prepare for potential eye emergencies by contacting their insurance providers in advance to learn about important coverage details.

Are Eye Flashes or Floaters an Emergency?

While the occasional eye floater is not cause for concern, a new flash of light or sudden increase in floaters or spots in vision should be considered an eye care emergency. Flashes and floaters can indicate retinal detachment or other serious health conditions.

When Is Eye Pain an Ocular Emergency?

Patients experiencing unusual or severe eye pain accompanied by fever, headache, light sensitivity, nausea, vomiting, or sudden vision changes should seek immediate medical care. Also, If there was a chemical exposure or foreign objects in the eye that cannot be cleared, and secretions of blood or other discharge from the eye should be treated as eye care emergencies.