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Eye Emergencies

When to Seek Medical Care

In most cases, if you have continuing symptoms of pain, visual disturbance, pink/red eyes, or bleeding, you should go to a local Lehigh Valley optometrist.

In general, if you are not sure if you have a serious eye injury, call your Allentown-area optometristfor advice.

Calling your Whitehall optometrist may be helpful in the following circumstances:

Chemical exposures: If you are not sure if the exposure is potentially serious, you have washed out your eye, and you have few symptoms, then your optometristmay be able to help you decide whether or not you should be seen immediately.

Subconjunctival hemorrhage: If you are not sure that you have this condition, your optometrist may be able to help with the diagnosis. This condition does not require immediate medical attention.
Continuing pain and decreased vision after an eye injury can be warning signs that require prompt medical attention. If you have an optometrist he or she may be able to take care of you in the office. Otherwise, go to a hospital's emergency department.
As our eye doctor can explain during your next eye exam, you don't want to delay getting eye treatment during an emergency!

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The following conditions should be seen promptly by an optometrist or in the emergency department:

Chemical exposures: If the substance was known to be caustic, immediate medical evaluation by either an ophthalmologist or in the emergency department is needed, regardless of symptoms. Acids and alkalines are the worst and require immediate attention. If the substance is not dangerous, such as soap or suntan lotion, a visit to the emergency department is not necessary, but a visit to the ophthalmologist's office may be helpful to alleviate any remaining symptoms. When in doubt, seek medical attention.

Lacerations: Cuts that affect the eyelid margins (where the eyelashes are) or the eyeball itself need immediate medical attention. Foreign bodies that are not removed with gentle washing should be evaluated by an ophthalmologist.

Solar retinopathy: Evaluation by an optometrist is necessary. This is one eye condition where there is little that can be done in the emergency department.