Your eyes are among the most delicate, irreplaceable organs in your body. Eye injury or another ocular urgency can be distressing. If you suffer from any eye concerns, your immediate response might be to go to your primary care provider or the emergency room; but in these cases, it’s best to see an eye doctor immediately. At Accent Vision Specialists, Dwight Thibodeaux, OD, and Paul Tachau, OD, offer services for immediate and urgent eye care. The practice understands that accidents can happen at any time. They offer walk-ins, same-day appointments, after hours, weekends and holiday care, so call the Santa Fe, New Mexico office anytime.
Common forms of eye injuries and eye trauma include:
A corneal abrasion — a scratch to the surface of your eye — can result from poking your eye or rubbing your eye when there’s dust or sand in it.
A blow from a hand, ball, or any blunt object can cause bruising and swelling around your eye. Though a black eye isn’t necessarily an emergency, you should follow up with your eye doctor to make sure there’s no serious internal damage to your eye.
A subconjunctival hemorrhage results from a surface blood vessel leaking in your eye. This is usually not a problem and goes away on its own without any vision compromise. Seek care if they don’t improve after two weeks or if they come back again and again.
If a sharp object penetrates your eye or your eye is exposed to a caustic chemical, seek medical attention right away. Prompt treatment is often necessary to prevent vision loss and significant eye damage.
You can prevent eye injuries at home and at work by following proper precautions. If you’re performing repairs or working with hazardous chemicals, wear protective eyewear or goggles. It’s also important to protect your eyes when you play sports.
Certain recreational activities carry a high risk of eye injuries. You should leave fireworks to the professionals and never light them in your backyard.
While there’s nothing wrong with enjoying a bottle of champagne, be sure to point the bottle away from yourself when you open it, and never shake the bottle.
An eye infection is typically caused by a bacteria, a fungus, or a virus. An infection can affect any part of your eyeball as well as your eyelids and tear ducts.
Infections are especially common in your conjunctiva. The membrane that lines your outer eyes and inner eyelid surface. Symptoms of an eye infection include:
If you feel like you have something stuck in your eye, the cause isn’t always a foreign body. Sometimes, eye infections cause this uncomfortable sensation.
The viral form of pink eye is highly contagious and spreads quickly among children in schools and daycare centers as well as among adults who work with children.
Blepharitis, an inflammation of the eyelids, has several causes, including bacterial infection.
Keratitis is a general term for inflammation of your cornea. It can result from a bacterial or viral infection.
Endophthalmitis is a serious bacterial or fungal infection of the inside of the eye. Often, it’s a complication of a foreign object penetrating your eye. It may also occur after eye surgery.
Don’t try to self-diagnose your eye infection or treat it at home. This could delay proper treatment and increase your risk of complications.
Treatment of your eye infection depends on the type of infection and how serious it is. If you have a bacterial infection, your doctor can prescribe antibiotic eye drops or oral antibiotics.
Viral eye infections can be treated with drops or oral medications as well.
If your eyes are very inflamed, your doctor can prescribe steroid eye drops.
Accent Vision Specialists also offer urgent eye care for patients who are experiencing a sudden rise in symptoms from an existing condition. For example:
Other signs that you might need urgent eye care are more subtle like a headache or sensitivity to light.
If you are experiencing unexplained deteriorating vision, call Accent Vision Specialists to make an appointment today.