Common Eye Care Emergencies

Just like any other part of the body, the eyes are prone to injuries and diseases as well. Unfortunately, most people do not take their eye care seriously. Some eye conditions can lead to permanent and serious consequences if not dealt with immediately. You need to recognize the symptoms of an eye emergency to get prompt treatment if you are to retain your eyesight.

Eye Emergency Symptoms

You cannot ignore various signals that may indicate you have an eye problem. Not all symptoms are necessarily indicative of an eye emergency, but some cannot be ignored. Some of the symptoms to look out for include:


  • Burning or stinging sensation in the eyes.

  • Sensitivity to light.

  • Feeling like something is stuck in your eyes.

  • Pupils of unequal size.

  • Persistent headaches.

  • Pain in the eyes.

  • Loss of vision.

  • Decreased vision.

  • Bruising inside and around the eyes.

  • Discharge or bleeding from the eye.

  • Blood in the white part of the eye.

Top Eye Emergencies

Chemical Injuries

Chemical injuries occur when the ocular surface gets exposed to alkali or acid, either in the form of gas, powder, or liquid. The higher the PH concentration of the chemical, the more severe the injuries would be. If left untreated, chemical injuries can damage the corneal and conjunctival epithelium. In severe cases, the entire anterior segment of the eye is at risk of irreversible consequences.

Sudden Vision Loss

If you wake up one morning and experience sudden vision loss, whether complete or partial, you need to see an eye doctor immediately. Several factors can lead to this condition, including underlying medical conditions.


Bleeding from the eyes should not be taken lightly. If you have an injury or have sustained a scratch, you need to rush to your eye doctor immediately.

Retinal Detachment

This condition occurs when the underlying retinal pigment epithelium separates from the retina’s neurosensory layer. A major symptom that may indicate you have retinal detachment is leaking under the retina. Without treatment, this condition can lead to blindness.

Foreign Objects Stuck in the Eye

Objects blown by the wind can get stuck in your eye. Some objects are easy to remove, while some clear by themselves after rinsing the affected eye. However, some objects may embed deep into the eye and may require professional treatment to remove them.

What to Avoid When You Have an Eye Emergency

You can get serious complications from a problematic eye especially after an injury. Never attempt to treat yourself for serious eye injuries. You should avoid:


  • Putting self-prescribed medication or ointment in your eye.

  • Using any tools in an attempt to remove a foreign object from your eye.

  • Applying pressure or rub your eye.

  • Removing contact lenses if you have an eye injury.

The best thing to do when you have an eye emergency is to rush to your eye doctor to get specialized help. On a final note, use preventative measures such as wearing glasses to protect your eyes from injuries. 

​​​​​​​To know more about common eye care emergencies, visit Studio Optix at our office in New York, New York. You can also call (212) 765-4444 to book an appointment today.




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