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What Is Considered A True Eye Emergency?

An eye emergency is defined as a condition requiring prompt medical attention due to a sudden change in ocular health or vision.

Eye trauma, foreign objects in the eye, chemical exposure to the eyes, and ocular infections are all considered eye emergencies and should be treated immediately. Seeking medical care as early as possible can help prevent permanent damage to your vision.

What is Considered an Eye Emergency?

Any sudden onset of symptoms or obvious eye trauma that affects vision is an eye emergency. This can range from severe eye pain or vision loss to chemical exposure. Contact us without delay if you experience any of the following:

  • Eye pain
  • Bleeding of the eye
  • Blood in the white of the eye
  • Swollen or bulging eye
  • Vision loss
  • Double vision
  • New or a sudden increase in eye flashes or floaters
  • Pupils that are not the same size
  • Severe photophobia (light sensitivity)
  • Being hit in the eye
  • Bruising around the eye
  • Eye discharge
  • Suspected eye infection
  • Severe burning, stinging, itching eyes
  • Scratched or cut eye or eyelid
  • Split contact lenses in the eye
  • Foreign object stuck in the eye

If you’re uncertain whether or not your condition is an emergency, contact Eye Trends and let us know what’s going on.

We Can Treat Your Eye Emergencies

Our highly trained staff and capable staff is experienced in treating a wide range of eye emergencies and other eye conditions. While some may choose to visit an emergency room for an eye injury, research shows that most visits to the emergency room for an eye emergency could have been treated by an experienced optometrist.

What’s more, our professional team offers personalized care and individual attention to all of our patients, which is something that you may not receive in an emergency room.

We use the latest technology to thoroughly examine and evaluate eye injuries, infections, and other eye emergencies. If you or a loved one happens to have an eye emergency in Conroe, you can rely on to be there for you.

At Eye Trends, we put your family’s needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 936-206-7366 or book an appointment online to see one of our Conroe eye doctors.

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Are Floaters and Flashes Dangerous?

You’ve likely experienced occasional visual “floaters” or flashes and may have wondered what they were and if they’re a cause for concern. They look like tiny lines, shapes, shadows, or specks that appear to be drifting in the visual field. More often than not, seeing floaters is a normal occurrence and does not indicate a problem with ocular or visual health. However, when floaters become more frequent and are accompanied by flashes of light, that can indicate a more serious problem.

Eye flashes resemble star-like specks or strands of light that either flash or flicker in one’s field of vision. They can either be a single burst in one visual zone, or can be several flashes throughout a wider area. Flashes can sometimes be missed as they most often appear in the side or peripheral vision.

Floaters & Flashes Eye Care in Conroe, Texas

If you suddenly, or with increasing frequency, experience flashes or floaters, call Eye Trends and schedule an eye exam with Dr. Inns right away to rule out any serious eye conditions.

What Causes Floaters?

The vitreous in the eye is a clear gel that fills most of the eyeball and resembles raw egg-white. Within the vitreous are small lumps of protein that drift around and move with the motion of your eyes. When these tiny lumps of protein cast shadows on the retina — the light-sensitive lining at the back of the eye — the shadows appear as floaters.

As we age, the vitreous shrinks, creating more strands of protein. This is why the appearance of floaters may increase with time. Floaters tend to be more prevalent in nearsighted people and diabetics, and occur more frequently following cataract surgery or an eye injury.

If seeing floaters becomes bothersome, try moving your eyes up and down or side to side to gently relocate the floaters away from your visual field.

What Causes Flashes?

Flashes result from the retinal nerve cells being moved or tugged on. As the vitreous shrinks over time, it can tug at the retina, causing you to “see stars” or bursts of light. The process of the vitreous separating from the retina is called “posterior vitreous detachment” (PVD) and usually isn’t dangerous.

In about 16% of cases, PVD causes tiny tears in the retina that can lead to retinal detachment — a sight-threatening condition that causes irreversible blindness if left untreated.

Other possible causes of flashes are eye trauma or migraine headaches.

When To Call Your Optometrist About Floaters

If you experience any of the following symptoms, promptly make an appointment with an eye doctor near you for emergency eye care.

Symptoms You Shouldn’t Ignore

  • A sudden onset of floaters accompanied by flashes (which can be any shape or size)
  • An increase of floaters accompanied by a darkening of one side of the visual field
  • Shadows in the peripheral vision
  • Any time flashes are seen

In many cases, seeing floaters is no cause for concern; however the above symptoms could indicate retinal detachment—which, if left untreated, could cause a permanent loss of sight or even blindness.

If the receptionists pick up the phone and hear the main concern is floaters or flashes, they will try to squeeze in the appointment within 24 hours. Expect the pupils to be dilated during your eye exam, so the eye doctor can get a really good look at the peripheral retina to diagnose or rule out a retinal tear or other serious condition, as opposed to a non-vision-threatening condition such as uncomplicated posterior vitreous detachment (quite common) or ocular migraine.

Please contact Eye Trends in Conroe at 936-206-7366 with any further questions, or to schedule an eye doctor’s appointment.