An eye emergency is any eye condition such as injury, eye pain or vision loss that is perceived by the patient as needing immediate attention. If there is a life threatening condition, 911 should be called or the patient should immediately go to the nearest hospital emergency room.
O’Fallon Family Eyecare is prepared to treat urgent eye care patients due to our experienced clinicians and facilities specifically equipped for eye care. Because many conditions require prompt attention, an emergency optometrist is on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to patients calling our normal business phone number (636) 614-4655. After business hours, emergency calls to our regular phone number are transferred to Dr. Hegyi by making the appropriate selection from the auto attendant options.
Medical attention should be sought immediately since time is of the essence to preserve vision after an eye injury.
Whenever an eye injury occurs, certain steps must be taken in order to prevent serious damage and visual loss. If someone has been exposed to a harmful chemical, immediate irrigation of the eye with water is of utmost importance, even before a phone call to the ER is made. If a blunt or penetrating injury of the eye occurs, manipulation of the eye should be avoided since further damage could be caused. A shield (such as a makeshift one cut our from a Styrofoam cup) should be placed over the eye. A pressure patch on the eye may be harmful after trauma and should be avoided.
Conditions Requiring Urgent Eye Care
- Sudden loss (or distortion) of vision
- Pain in one or both eyes
- Redness and/or discharge from one or both eyes
- The appearance of a bump or blister on an eye or eyelid
- Foreign body sensation
- Acute onset of headache
- Double vision
- Ocular trauma due to accidents to the eye