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6 Signs You Need Emergency Eye Care

Eye conditions can take you by surprise, and you may not know what to do. Many symptoms of serious eye conditions can seem like a non-issue, but you may be placing your eyes at risk. If you’re experiencing symptoms of an eye condition, how do you know when you need emergency care

Continue reading to learn more about some of the common symptoms of eye conditions, including 6 signs you need emergency eye care. 

Eye Pain

Pain is common for many eye conditions, and typically it resolves with time. If it doesn’t, you likely require emergency eye care. Eye pain can occur on your eye’s surface or inside your eye, depending on the cause. 

Some common conditions related to eye pain include: 

When is Eye Pain an Emergency? 

Many factors can lead to eye pain, so how do you know if you’re facing an emergency? Visit your optometrist right away if you experience any of the following: 

  • Severe eye pain 
  • Eye pain caused by trauma 
  • Sudden vision changes

Light Sensitivity 

Light sensitivity is a condition where bright light irritates your eyes. It can range in severity from person to person. You may squint when in a bright room, or you may feel pain when exposed to sunlight.  

It’s a common symptom of several eye conditions, such as: 

When Should You Seek Medical Attention? 

You should seek medical care when you experience light sensitivity alongside other symptoms. See your eye doctor if you experience this condition combined with blurry vision, eye pain, or redness. 

Burning or Itching Eyes

Burning or itching eyes can be a sign of infection or another eye condition. Without proper treatment, you may even be at risk of eye damage or vision loss. A burning or itching sensation can be a sign of: 

  • Eye infection
  • Foreign object
  • Eye injury
  • Dry eyes

If your eyes feel itchy or like they’re burning, visit your optometrist as soon as possible. 

Eye Redness

Red eyes happen when the blood vessels in your eye become swollen or irritated

Sometimes called bloodshot eyes, this symptom can mean you’re experiencing one of several eye conditions. Some of these conditions aren’t serious, while others can mean a trip to your optometrist. 

Eye redness is associated with

  • Injury
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Blepharitis
  • Irritation
  • Allergies
  • Corneal ulcers
  • Dry eyes
  • Glaucoma
  • Eye infection 

When Should You See Your Eye Doctor? 

Eye redness alone doesn’t warrant an emergency, but it can be concerning under certain circumstances. You should see your optometrist if you experience

  • Symptoms lasting longer than a week
  • Changes in vision
  • Eye pain
  • Light sensitivity
  • Discharge 
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Double Vision

Diplopia, known as double vision, causes you to see 2 images of the same object. It’s typically a sign of an underlying condition. Depending on the cause of your double vision, you may have a problem with your eyes, brain, or the nerve within your eyes. 

Common causes of double vision include: 

  • Severe astigmatism
  • Keratoconus 
  • Cataracts 
  • Dry eyes
  • Pterygium 
  • Nerve damage
  • Diabetes
  • Strabismus
  • Iritis 

When Should You Seek Medical Attention? 

You should see your optometrist as soon as you experience double vision. It’s a sign that something is wrong, no matter how insignificant you think your symptoms may be. Some conditions causing double vision require immediate medical attention

Sudden or Severe Headache

Headaches are incredibly common; you’re statistically likely to have one at least once a year. This pain is usually not an issue, even if experiencing a migraine. Headaches usually disperse with time. 

However, headaches can be a sign of a few different eye conditions. Headaches can be a sign of: 

When Are Headaches Concerning? 

Because headaches can vary, you should know when to seek medical attention. Visit your optometrist if your headache presents alongside visual symptoms. You may notice flashing lights, floating lights, and blind spots in your vision. 

Watch Out For Dry Eyes

Eye conditions can be deceiving at times; your symptoms may not be as serious as you thought. Many common symptoms can be a result of dry eye disease. Dry eyes affect nearly 30% of Canadians, causing irritation and affecting your quality of life. 

Signs of dry eye disease include: 

  • Blurry vision
  • Burning, itching, or stinging eyes
  • Light sensitivity
  • Discharge
  • Eye redness
  • Eye fatigue 

Even though dry eyes aren’t a significant threat to your vision, they can still cause discomfort and affect your everyday life. If you experience any irritation or common symptoms, it’s never a bad idea to visit your optometrist

They have the expertise to diagnose any underlying problems during a comprehensive eye exam. Whether you’re experiencing dry eyes or another vision problem, your eye doctor can help. 

If you’re experiencing symptoms of any eye condition, book an appointment and protect your vision. 

Written by Dr. Louis P. Bahoshy

Dr. Bahoshy attended the University of Waterloo, where he graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Science Degree (B.Sc), as well as a Doctor of Optometry (OD) Degree.

As part of his optometry training, Dr. Bahoshy completed an externship at the prestigious Omni Eye Institute in Baltimore, gaining extensive experience in diagnosing and managing ocular health conditions. He worked alongside a pediatric ophthalmologist at their satellite location in White Marsh.

While in optometry school, Dr. Bahoshy spent two summers as a researcher at the world-renowned Centre for Contact Lens Research (CCLR) at the University of Waterloo, School of Optometry, learning about the latest in contact lens technology.

Dr. Bahoshy began practicing at Stoney Creek Eye Care (formerly known as Dueck Optometry) in 2001. In October 2017, Dr. Bahoshy became the clinic’s new owner, continuing the commitment of serving Stoney Creek and the surrounding community.

Today, Dr. Bahoshy is an active member of the Ontario Association of Optometrists (OAO), the Canadian Association of Optometrists (CAO), and the Hamilton and District Society of Optometrists. He is also an affiliate doctor at TLC Laser Eye Centres.

When not seeing patients, Dr. Bahoshy enjoys swimming, going to the gym, and spending time with his wife Cynthia, and their two young boys, Pierre and Leo.

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