At Zacharia Naumann Optometry we set aside time to attend urgent eye conditions. Should you experience sudden vision loss, a painful red eye or eye injury please call immediately.
Some conditions that require immediate action include:
Ocular Foreign Bodies
Foreign bodies are objects/particles that get into the eye. This may include eyelashes and projectiles that hit the eye while grinding, drilling or mowing. Although safety eyewear reduces the risk significantly foreign bodies are common. Immediate attention is necessary to prevent further damage. In most instances we can remove foreign bodies in our rooms.
Iritis / Uveitis
Sometimes an eye becomes internally inflamed and does not improve without treatment. Signs and symptoms of uveitis include: deep throbbing eye pain, sensitivity to light and redness. It is important to treat this early, as delay can cause loss of vision. Repeat episodes of uveitis / iritis can be linked to inflammatory systemic conditions such as arthritis and lupus.
Retinal detachment occurs when the retina detaches from the back of the eye. This is an urgent condition. Symptoms include sudden onset floaters, the appearance of flashes of light in your peripheral vision and shadows in your vision.
Regardless of what chemical you get in the eye, you should immediately irrigate the eye with water for 15- 30 minutes. This may mean the difference between vision and blindness. If industrial eye washes are not available, holding the eye open under a cold running tap or hose is the best course of action.
Angle Closure Glaucoma
In some cases, the drainage structures of the eyes can become blocked and result in a rapid increase in eye pressure. When this is below 30mmHg, there are usually no symptoms. Symptoms usually begin to develop once the eye pressure exceeds about 40mmHg, and include eye pain, redness, nausea and vomiting. This needs to be treated promptly with medication to avoid irreparable optic nerve damage.