It is recommended that you schedule an eye exam every year. These visits are essential to maintain your eye health and to provide you with glasses if necessary. These visits are also important to check your eyes for any type of disease. While annual eye exams are essential, there can be times that you will need to see your eye doctor for an emergency visit. You must be able to recognize the conditions that should be looked at by one of our eye doctors at Shippee Family Eye Care.
Traumatic Eye Injuries
If you were hit hard in the eye, or if something poked you in the eye, it can be very serious. If the accident has caused redness or swelling of the eye, double vision, sensitivity to light, or pain, you should schedule an emergency appointment with your optometrist. Without immediate care, this type of injury can cause permanent vision loss.
Foreign Bodies in the Eye
If you get something in your eye, the first thing that you should do is try to flush it out. If you try flushing but don't succeed, don't use your fingers, a cotton swab, or any other tool to try to remove the foreign body. You could end up scratching your cornea or worse. If flushing your eye didn't remove the foreign body, you should schedule an appointment with your eye doctor right away.
Sudden and Distinct Changes in Your Vision
If you suddenly have changes in your vision such as blurry vision, seeing flashes, or seeing spots, you should call your eye doctor immediately. These are all signs that there is something wrong with your vision. You could have a detached retina or another serious issue. Without immediate care, you could end up with permanent vision loss.
Red & Itchy Eyes
If one or both of your eyes are itchy and red, you should schedule an emergency appointment with your optometrist. If there is discharge coming from the eye, this appointment is even more crucial. There is a good chance that you have conjunctivitis, which is very contagious. The sooner you see your eye doctor, the sooner you can be treated. Proper treatment will reduce the risk of you passing the disease on to others.
Get Emergency Eye Care Now!
If you are experiencing any of the conditions listed above, or any other issues that are causing you to worry, visit one of our optometrists at Shippee Family Eye Care as soon as possible. We have locations in Lancaster, St. Johnsbury, and Montpelier. We will provide a thorough examination and immediate treatment for your eye emergency.