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Your vision is incredibly important. It's also important to schedule annual eye exams with your eye doctor, but we also understand that life happens and that people wait often longer until sudden changes happen with their sight.
Eye emergencies are unpredictable and can happen at any moment. Some eye emergencies develop suddenly, or they could slowly develop over time. It’s important to see an eye doctor immediately when an eye emergency happens. Below you will learn about some of the common eye emergencies we treat on a regular basis.
There are many common eye emergencies to be aware of. Some of these are far more severe than others, but all require the treatment and care of an eye emergency doctor. These emergencies are as follows.
Eye infection: When thinking of an eye infection, pink eye comes to mind. Any form of conjunctivitis should be treated seriously. If you notice pus or discharge and your eye is sore, this is especially concerning.
Metal or glass in the eye: If you were involved in a situation where metal or glass shards got into your eye, you need to get care immediately. The longer these shards sit in the eye, the more damage they can do. Unfortunately, this damage is often permanent.
Chemicals in the eye: Chemical spills happen, especially if you’re not wearing goggles or safety glasses. You can try flushing the chemicals out with water, but if you’re still in pain, go see a specialist.
Sports injury to the eye: If you were kneed, elbowed, or otherwise had a hard impact in or near your eye, this can be dangerous. Your eye may swell shut. There may be bruising, bleeding, or other damage.
Contact lens won’t come out: Sometimes, no matter how much you try, your contact lens just won’t come out. Rather than risk scratching your eye, let a medical professional take care of the removal.
Car accident vision change: If you were in a car accident, you may be left reeling. Your vision may also change. Don’t let this get worse. Get emergency care right away.
Constant double vision: Sometimes double vision happens for a few minutes. That’s normal. What’s abnormal is if you go days with double vision. Make sure you get a medical opinion as soon as you can.
Bright streaks of light: If you’re seeing bright lights in the corners of your eyes, you could have a retinal detachment. This is incredibly serious, and waiting for treatment could mean permanent loss of vision.
Floaters or halos: Floaters and halos can also be signs of a retinal detachment. Less seriously, these could suggest vision problems.
Bulging eye: A bulging eye from an injury or medical condition can be terrifying. This puts immense strain on your eye and could damage vision. Please get medical treatment immediately.
Intense eye pain: Sudden, intense eye pain could also be indicative of a more serious problem, so see your eye doctor.
Lack of vision: A sudden lack of vision can potentially be treated if caught early enough. If ignored though, it could possibly become permanent.
Need an emergency eye doctor in Brighton? Come see us at Brighton Eye Associates. Since 1959, we’ve served residents in Weld and Adams counties. We specialize in vision therapy, eye disease and eye infection treatments, contacts and lenses fittings, pediatric eye care, and eye exams. Call us today at 303-659-3036.