Eye Emergency Specialist

Visionaire Eye Consultants at Sterling Ranch

Optometrists & Opticians located in Sterling Ranch, Littleton, CO

When you have eye emergency, Nicole Wellensiek, OD, and the team at Visionaire Eye Consultants at Sterling Ranch in Littleton, Colorado, are available to assess your eye for damage, repair the injury, and immediately begin the treatment you need to protect your vision and eye health. Any time you suffer an eye injury, develop an infection, or have symptoms suddenly appear, call the office to schedule an emergency appointment.

Eye Emergency Q & A

When do I have an eye emergency?

Severe eye pain or sudden, reduced vision always requires immediate care. You should also seek emergency eye care after suffering an eye injury, even if your symptoms don’t seem severe. You can’t always tell when delicate internal structures are injured or how serious the damage might be.

These are a few examples of problems that require emergency eye care:

  • Puncture wounds
  • Traumatic injury
  • Scratched cornea
  • Foreign object in your eye
  • Swelling around your eye
  • Detached retina
  • Acute glaucoma
  • Chemical injury

Following an eye injury, don’t rub or apply pressure to your eye, and don’t try to remove a foreign object in your eye. Instead of addressing it yourself, call Visionaire Eye Consultants at Sterling Ranch and let them take care of your eye.

What symptoms indicate an eye emergency?

If you experience any of these symptoms, call the team at Visionaire Eye Consultants at Sterling Ranch for emergency eye care:

  • Eye pain that’s severe, ongoing, or gets worse
  • Double vision
  • Difficulty seeing
  • Increase in floaters and flashes of light
  • Bleeding from your eye
  • Foreign object in your eye or eyelid
  • Blood in the clear part of your eye
  • Bruising and swelling around your eye
  • Headache with eye pressure
  • Cut or torn eyelid
  • Unusual pupil size

The symptoms caused by many emergency eye problems appear suddenly. One exception is a gradual change in vision that’s like a dark curtain slowly blocking their vision. This signals a torn or detached retina, which needs immediate care.

Do eye infections require emergency eye care?

The most common eye infections, such as conjunctivitis (pink eye) and blepharitis, which is an eyelid infection, seldom require immediate care. However, it’s important to schedule same- or next-day care at Visionaire Eye Consultants at Sterling Ranch.

Your provider can diagnose the type of pink eye, prescribe antibiotics if needed, and recommend self-care to alleviate your symptoms. Prompt attention is also important on the chance that it’s a different type of infection.

Some eye infections demand emergency attention. For example, keratitis occurs when your cornea is infected, while uveitis is an infection of the uvea, the middle layer of the eye. Both conditions need emergency care because they can damage your eyes and cause vision loss or blindness.

Uveitis may appear suddenly, causing symptoms such as blurry vision, floaters, and red eyes that may or may not be painful. Keratitis causes a swollen cornea and a red and painful eye. It may also cause vision changes.

If you have an eye emergency, call Visionaire Eye Consultants at Sterling Ranch to schedule an appointment.

We are Optometrists & Opticians located in Sterling Ranch, Littleton, CO. Call us to book your appointment today.