The Eyes Have It: 3 Vision Problems That May Require Emergency Care

You depend on your vision, so you want to keep it healthy. That's why it's so important that you visit your optometrist for routine eye examinations. Those routine check-ups allow your optometrist the opportunity to diagnose and treat your vision problems. In addition to your routine eye exams, there are a few emergency situations that may require a trip to the optometrist. Here are three vision problems that should be checked out by an optometrist as soon as possible.

Blurry Vision

Blurred vision isn't always a reason for contacting the optometrist. In fact, there are several normal reasons why your vision may be blurry. Those include sickness, lack of sleep, or allergies. However, if your vision becomes blurry for no apparent reason, and remains blurry for more than a few hours, you should contact your optometrist as soon as possible.

It's important to note that if your vision suddenly goes black, you should notify your optometrist immediately. That may be a sign that you're suffering from retinal detachment, which can cause permanent blindness if not treated promptly.

Sudden Eye Pain

If you're suddenly hit with severe eye pain, you may be experiencing a vision emergency. This is particularly true if it's a persistent stabbing or throbbing type of pain, or if the pain is accompanied by swelling or inflammation of the eye. Contact your optometrist as soon as possible. In addition, rheumatoid arthritis can cause severe eye pain that can be treated with medication. If you're being treated for rheumatoid arthritis and feel extreme eye pain, you should talk to your optometrist. 

Traumatic Eye Injuries

You never know when you're going to suffer a traumatic eye injury. However, when you do, you need to contact your optometrist as soon as possible. Some types of traumatic eye injuries that may require emergency care by your optometrist include being struck in the eye, serious pokes to the eye, or falls that impact your face. If you've suffered trauma to the eye, you should check for visible damage. Some things you should look for include:

  • Visible scratches to the surface of the eye
  • Bleeding inside the eye
  • Swelling in or around the eye

Vision problems need to be taken care of as soon as possible. To keep your eyes healthy, you should see your optometrist at least once every two years. It's also important that you see your optometrist if you experience any of the problems listed above.