Beloit Family Eyecare treats urgent care patients during normal business hours. Please contact our office at 608.365.8575 if you need immediate treatment. If you have an after-hours emergency, Dr. Kelley can be reached at 815.975.8150
In Case of Emergency
If there is a life-threatening condition, 911 should be called, or the patient should immediately go to the nearest hospital emergency room. An eye emergency is a condition the patient perceives is not life-threatening, but needs immediate attention. Medical treatment should be sought immediately in the event of an eye injury.
Some of the signs and symptoms of an eye emergency which should be evaluated promptly include:
- Sudden loss or distortion of vision
- Sudden development of double vision
- Onset of flashing lights or floaters
- Any ocular trauma that causes persistent redness and pain, loss of vision or involves a chemical exposure
Projectile objects, such as a ball or finger, can cause a wide range of damage including corneal abrasion, bleeding in the eye, or fracture of the orbital bone, rupture of the eyeball or retinal detachment.
Foreign Bodies and Miscellaneous Debris
Activities such as grinding metal or trimming tree branches can disperse particles that become lodged in the eye.
Such occurrences can be devastating and commonly occur in laboratories or at home from accidental exposure to household cleaners, solvents or aerosol products.
Penetration of the Eye
Broken glass or a similar sharp object in the eye usually results in violent trauma.
Whenever an eye injury occurs, certain steps must be taken in order to prevent serious damage and visual loss.
- If someone has been exposed to a harmful chemical, immediate irrigation of the eye with water is of utmost importance, even before a phone call to the office is made.
- If a blunt or penetrating injury of the eye occurs, manipulation of the eye should be avoided since further damage could be caused. A shield (such as a makeshift one cut from a Styrofoam cup) should be placed over the eye. A pressure patch on the eye may be harmful after trauma and should be avoided.