Emergency Eye Care Specialist

Eye Care & Surgery

Ophthalmologists & Optometrists located in New York City, NY & The Bronx, NY

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.

Emergency Eye Care

When would I need emergency eye care?

You or a member of your family may need emergency eye care under any of the following circumstances and conditions.

  • Sudden vision loss
  • Blunt trauma to the eye
  • Chemical splash into the eyes
  • Headache with eye pressure
  • Headache with blurred vision 
  • Headache with nausea or vomiting
  • Foreign body in the eye
  • Sudden onset of floaters
  • Sudden onset of flashes of light
  • Sudden onset of a dark curtain in your field of vision
  • Sudden double vision
  • Swelling around the eyes with vision impairment

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. 

When do floaters require emergency eye care?

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. 

What should I do if I have an eye emergency?

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.