Here at Herman Eye Center, We can take care of various ocular emergencies such as; swollen eyelids, red eyes, eye pain, flashes and floaters and many others. Give us a call to schedule your visit.
Bellow you'll find some common eye emergencies
Eye pain is not normal and should always be checked by your eye care professional. It is especially urgent if the pain comes with any of the following symptoms:
- The pain is intense and sudden.
- Your eye is injured or is being irritated by a foreign object.
- The pain comes with sensitivity to light or blurry vision.
- You have a history of glaucoma.
- The pain is accompanied by redness and discharge.
- You recently underwent any type of eye surgery.
Flashers and Floaters
Many people experience small, dark, cobwebby shapes drifting across their field of vision. These floaters are especially common as people age. Flashes, a similar phenomenon, are quick flickers of light. Both are usually harmless, but, occasionally, can be a sign of serious eye troubles.
The redness associated with “red eye” is usually caused by dilated or swollen blood vessels. As a result, the surface of the eye looks bloodshot. In contrast to vision problems or pain in the eye, red eye is often less of a concern. However, there are times when red eye may be a sign of a more serious condition.
Causes of Red Eye
When the blood vessels running over the surface of the white part of the eye (sclera) become swollen, the eyes look red or bloodshot. This can be caused by:
- Acute glaucoma, a medical emergency in which a sudden increase in eye pressure causes severe pain and vision problems
- Colds or allergies
- Dryness of the eyes
- Dust or other small particles in the eye
- Exposure to chemicals, such as in a chlorine swimming pool
- Injury, such as scratches of the outer layer of the eye (cornea)
- Subconjunctival hemorrhage, which is caused by a broken blood vessel on the surface of the eye, often after coughing or straining
- Sun overexposure