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Emergency Eye Care vs. Routine Eye Care

Your eye is red and painful, your eyelid is swollen and vision seems blurred. Should you call our local Las Vegas eye doctor for an urgent eye exam? Or is it enough to book an appointment for a later, more convenient date? Many people are unsure about what to do when eye problems arise. Let’s discuss the difference between routine eye care services and emergency eye care, so you know the best action to take.

Our Las Vegas eye doctor can provide the help you need for a wide variety of emergency conditions. This is particularly significant for keeping you out of the hospital emergency room – and away from exposure to all the germs circulating in the hospital waiting room.

Conditions that Require Emergency Eye Care

If you experience any of the following, our eye doctor recommends contacting our Las Vegas optometry office to schedule an urgent eye exam.

  • Eye injury or trauma, such as getting hit in the eye
  • Chemical burns
  • Sudden onset of blurry vision
  • Sudden loss of vision
  • Corneal scratches
  • Seeing floaters or flashes of light
  • Oozing discharge, red eyes and eye irritation
  • Foreign object stuck under your eyelid

Some types of dangerous eye emergencies will require a trip to the hospital, such as:

  • When your eyes are dilated unequally or if they suddenly don’t move in coordination
  • A foreign object pierces your eye surface and/or you have bleeding from your eyeball
  • Severe headache with visual effects

Common Routine Eye Care Services

If your eyes are feeling itchy or dry, it can be very annoying, but it’s not classified as an emergency. You need to book an eye exam for diagnosis and treatment, but there’s no urgency.

The same protocol applies for your yearly eye exam, evaluation of visual acuity, or a contact lenses follow-up fitting. These visits to the optometrist are all necessary, but they can wait until it’s convenient for you to come in for your next eye doctor’s appointment.

At Yesnick Vision Center, we put your family’s needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 702-500-0525 or book an appointment online to see one of our Las Vegas eye doctors.

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Emergency Eye Care vs. Routine Eye Care

Your eye is red and painful, your eyelid is swollen and vision seems blurred. Should you call our local Las Vegas eye doctor for an urgent eye exam? Or is it enough to book an appointment for a later, more convenient date? Many people are unsure about what to do when eye problems arise. Let’s discuss the difference between routine eye care services and emergency eye care, so you know the best action to take.

Our Las Vegas eye doctor can provide the help you need for a wide variety of emergency conditions. This is particularly significRoutine nt for keeping you out of the hospital emergency room – and away from exposure to all the germs circulating in the hospital waiting room.

Conditions that Require Emergency Eye Care

If you experience any of the following, our eye doctor recommends contacting our Las Vegas optometry office to schedule an urgent eye exam.

  • Eye injury or trauma, such as getting hit in the eye
  • Chemical burns
  • Sudden onset of blurry vision
  • Sudden loss of vision
  • Corneal scratches
  • Seeing floaters or flashes of light
  • Oozing discharge, red eyes and eye irritation
  • Foreign object stuck under your eyelid

Some types of dangerous eye emergencies will require a trip to the hospital, such as:

  • When your eyes are dilated unequally or if they suddenly don’t move in coordination
  • A foreign object pierces your eye surface and/or you have bleeding from your eyeball
  • Severe headache with visual effects

Common Routine Eye Care Services

If your eyes are feeling itchy or dry, it can be very annoying, but it’s not classified as an emergency. You need to book an eye exam for diagnosis and treatment, but there’s no urgency.

The same protocol applies for your yearly eye exam, evaluation of visual acuity, or a contact lenses follow-up fitting. These visits to the optometrist are all necessary, but they can wait until it’s convenient for you to come in for your next eye doctor’s appointment.

At Yesnick Vision Center, we put your family’s needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 702-500-0525 or book an appointment online to see one of our Las Vegas eye doctors.

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Are Floaters and Flashes Dangerous?

You’ve likely experienced occasional visual “floaters” or flashes and may have wondered what they were and if they’re a cause for concern. They look like tiny lines, shapes, shadows, or specks that appear to be drifting in the visual field. More often than not, seeing floaters is a normal occurrence and does not indicate a problem with ocular or visual health. However, when floaters become more frequent and are accompanied by flashes of light, that can indicate a more serious problem.

Eye flashes resemble star-like specks or strands of light that either flash or flicker in one’s field of vision. They can either be a single burst in one visual zone, or can be several flashes throughout a wider area. Flashes can sometimes be missed as they most often appear in the side or peripheral vision.

Floaters & Flashes Eye Care in Las Vegas, Nevada

If you suddenly, or with increasing frequency, experience flashes or floaters, call Yesnick Vision Center and schedule an eye exam with Dr. David Yesnick right away to rule out any serious eye conditions.

What Causes Floaters?

The vitreous in the eye is a clear gel that fills most of the eyeball and resembles raw egg-white. Within the vitreous are small lumps of protein that drift around and move with the motion of your eyes. When these tiny lumps of protein cast shadows on the retina — the light-sensitive lining at the back of the eye — the shadows appear as floaters.

As we age, the vitreous shrinks, creating more strands of protein. This is why the appearance of floaters may increase with time. Floaters tend to be more prevalent in nearsighted people and diabetics, and occur more frequently following cataract surgery or an eye injury.

If seeing floaters becomes bothersome, try moving your eyes up and down or side to side to gently relocate the floaters away from your visual field.

What Causes Flashes?

Flashes result from the retinal nerve cells being moved or tugged on. As the vitreous shrinks over time, it can tug at the retina, causing you to “see stars” or bursts of light. The process of the vitreous separating from the retina is called “posterior vitreous detachment” (PVD) and usually isn’t dangerous.

In about 16% of cases, PVD causes tiny tears in the retina that can lead to retinal detachment — a sight-threatening condition that causes irreversible blindness if left untreated.

Other possible causes of flashes are eye trauma or migraine headaches.

When To Call Your Optometrist About Floaters

If you experience any of the following symptoms, promptly make an appointment with an eye doctor near you for emergency eye care.

Symptoms You Shouldn’t Ignore

  • A sudden onset of floaters accompanied by flashes (which can be any shape or size)
  • An increase of floaters accompanied by a darkening of one side of the visual field
  • Shadows in the peripheral vision
  • Any time flashes are seen

In many cases, seeing floaters is no cause for concern; however the above symptoms could indicate retinal detachment—which, if left untreated, could cause a permanent loss of sight or even blindness.

If the receptionists pick up the phone and hear the main concern is floaters or flashes, they will try to squeeze in the appointment within 24 hours. Expect the pupils to be dilated during your eye exam, so the eye doctor can get a really good look at the peripheral retina to diagnose or rule out a retinal tear or other serious condition, as opposed to a non-vision-threatening condition such as uncomplicated posterior vitreous detachment (quite common) or ocular migraine.

Please contact Yesnick Vision Center in Las Vegas at 702-500-0525 with any further questions, or to schedule an eye doctor’s appointment.

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