Trauma, sports injuries, and the sudden onset of flashes of light or floaters are some of the main reasons you may need emergency eye care. Patients of all ages rely on the experienced team of ophthalmologists and optometrists at Eye Care & Surgery, with two New York City locations in Washington Heights in Manhattan and another near the GrandConcourse in the Bronx, right across the street from Yankee Stadium, to expertly treat eye emergencies. When you need prompt medical attention for your eyes, call your nearest Eye Care & Surgery office or book the next available appointment online.
You or a member of your family may need emergency eye care under any of the following circumstances and conditions.
Cuts or puncture wounds to the areas around your eyes are also another reason to seek emergency eye care.
When you come to Eye Care & Surgery, instead of a hospital emergency room, the experienced ophthalmologists and optometrists can provide the specialized care you need to minimize the risk of permanent vision loss.
Nearly everyone experiences floaters on occasion, but if they suddenly appear or you have more than usual, it could be a sign of a more serious underlying eye problem. Floaters are tiny spots in your field of vision that look like gray specks or strings that drift by.
Floaters usually appear as you get older and the vitreous — the gel-like substance in your eyes — becomes more like liquid.
As the vitreous pulls away from your retina, some of it clumps together and becomes stringy. This casts shadows on your retina, and you see these shadows as floaters.
If floaters appear suddenly or the number of floaters increases, it could mean you have an infection in the back of your eye. It may also mean you have a tear in your retina or the retina has detached from the back wall of your eye.
A torn or detached retina can lead to permanent vision loss, which is why it’s so important to seek emergency eye care at Eye Care & Surgery for the sudden onset of floaters.
Contact the Eye Care & Surgery office closest to you in the event of an eye emergency so one of the doctors can examine and treat you as quickly as possible.
If you have a foreign object in your eye, don’t attempt to remove it. That may cause further damage. Try not to rub your eyes to cause further irritation.
Call Eye Care & Surgery as soon as possible or request the next available appointment online for expert emergency eye treatment.