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Emergency Eye Care: What Constitutes an Emergency?

No one ever expects to be confronted with an emergency involving their eyes, but they can happen to anyone at any time. That is why Chicago Cornea Consultants™, Ltd. offers emergency eye care at each of our three conveniently located offices. For residents in and around Chicago, emergency eye care of the highest quality is just a few minutes away.

We hope that you never experience the sort of emergency that would require immediate eye care. However, we also want you to know that the Chicago Cornea Consultants™ team of dedicated eye care professionals is here for you, whatever your ocular health needs. Our comprehensive range of eye care services and experienced doctors and staff make our practice the finest in the Midwest. We would be pleased to prove this to you first hand.

What is an eye emergency?

When it comes to the human body’s most delicate organs, the vast majority are protected by skin, muscle, and bones. The most notable exceptions are the eyes. Despite being among the most fragile of the body’s organs, the eyes are constantly being exposed to the elements and to potential hazards, from flying debris to dangerous chemicals. If you or someone you love is experiencing a possible eye emergency, don’t try to figure out on your own whether it is serious enough to seek our help. It is better to err on the side of caution and seek out immediate care.

Common conditions that could constitute an eye emergency include:

  • Persistent or recurring eye pain
  • Trauma to one or both eyes
  • Partial or complete vision loss
  • Vision that becomes obscured, as if by clouds
  • Abnormal sensitivity to light
  • The entrance of a foreign object into the eye
  • Painful redness
  • Vision that becomes dim or less perceptive of color
  • An increase in floaters
  • Burns caused by exposure to steam or chemicals
  • The appearance of flashes of light across the field of vision
  • Double vision
  • Pupils that are differently sized
  • Swelling of the eyes
  • Blood or any other discharge from the eyes
  • A laceration of the eye

It is important that you do not try to treat an eye emergency on your own. Do not apply any sort of medication or drops to the affected eye or eyes. If a foreign object has penetrated the eye, please do not attempt to remove it. Treatment should be administered only by a trained and skilled professional to ensure your safety and the health of your eye.

Your emergency visit will be focused on the resolution of the immediate threat to your eye and the relief of any pain resulting from that threat. After your visit, we will schedule a follow-up appointment during which we will evaluate your eye and perform any non-emergency procedures that are necessary.

Remember that, when it comes to your eye, it is better to be safe than to be sorry.

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If you or someone you love has an eye emergency, don’t hesitate to contact our comprehensive eye care center immediately.

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