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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 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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What is a Stye? Why Does My Eyelid Hurt?

A stye can be quite painful, appearing as a red bump on your eyelid. If you experience eye pain and notice a swollen, irritated lump on the inside or outside of your eyelid, you’re probably suffering from this relatively common problem. What is a stye, and do you need to visit your eye doctor for an eye exam?

If you do have a stye, don’t worry! Although they may cause pain, styes are typically harmless and rarely affect your vision or eyeball. Most people develop at least one or two styes at some point during their life. Just book an eye exam at our Las Vegas eye care center to get it checked.

Why do styes form?

A stye is a pus-filled abscess, usually caused by an infection from staphylococcus bacteria. As unappealing as it sounds, your skin surface is actually a breeding ground for many types of bacteria. When they feed on dead skin cells, a stye can form. (It’s similar to how pimples appear.)

How do styes go away?

When located on the outside of your eyelid, a stye starts as a small lump next to your eyelash. Within a few days, it will grow into a red, swollen area, before bursting. Once that happens, the stye will heal on its own.

When located on the underside of your eyelid, the stye will swell – but instead of bursting, it will disappear gradually once the infection is past. Sometimes, a small fluid-filled cyst will remain, which our Las Vegas eye doctor may need to open and drain.

When do you need treatment from an eye doctor?

If you have the following symptoms, book an eye exam for urgent care in Las Vegas:

  • Eyelid swelling that disrupts vision
  • Swelling that doesn’t go away within a week or two
  • Extreme pain in your eye
  • Recurrent styes

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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What Type of Eye Emergencies Does Our Las Vegas Eye Doctor Treat?

Eye emergencies are always scary, and it’s helpful to know in advance about where to seek treatment, instead of panicking with confusion over where to go! If you experience an eye emergency, our eye doctor is here to help. We perform urgent eye exams and provide medical assistance for a wide range of unforeseen problems.

If you experience any of the following eye problems, depend upon Dr. David Yesnick

for emergency eye care in Las Vegas:

  • Chemical burns: This type of injury requires immediate medical care. In the meantime, tilt your head and flush your eyes continuously with water. If you are wearing contacts, remove them.
  • Object stuck in the eyes: If something small, such as dirt or an eyelash, is lodged under your eyelid, you can try to remove it safely at home. If a large object is stuck or if it pierced your eye surface, visit an eye doctor immediately to prevent complications and vision loss.
  • Painful vision, oozing, redness or itchiness: These may be symptoms of an eye infection, such as pink eye, which can be diagnosed with an eye exam. If it’s a bacterial infection, you’ll need antibiotics to treat it.
  • Swollen or black eye: Any trauma to the eye, such as from sports, can cause a black eye. While black eyes generally look worse than they actually are, it’s advised to visit an eye doctor or an eye exam to ensure no internal swelling or damage was done.
  • Eye injuries, cuts and scratches: Don’t rub your eyes, as this can make your eye condition worse. While most small scratches heal well on their own, a serious scratch has a higher risk of infection; it’s essential to get an eye exam as soon as possible.
  • Eye floaters, black spots and flashes: These signs can all indicate a serious, sight-threatening problem. Seek emergency eye care from our eye doctor as soon as possible, so you can get any necessary treatments without delay.

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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Can Contact Lenses Get Stuck in My Eye?

If you’ve always wondered (or worried) about your contact lenses getting stuck in your eyes, you’re in good company. Many new contact lens wearers have this concern! To relieve your fears – no, it’s impossible for contacts to get totally stuck behind your eyes. However, they can become dislodged and get stuck beneath your eyelid. In fact, many people call our Las Vegas, Nevada, eye doctor for help when this happens. Usually, we can provide tips for how to remove the contact on your own, but when this doesn’t work – you’ll need to visit Dr. David Yesnick at Yesnick Vision Center for assistance.

Facts about when contact lenses get stuck

  • When a contact lens dries out, it can get stuck to your cornea. This happens most frequently as a result of sleeping with lenses.
  • Contact lenses can get dislodged and move out of position under your eyelid. Typically, this occurs due to rubbing your eyes or physical contact with the lenses.
  • Pieces of contact lenses can stay in your eye for a long time, unintentionally. Sometimes a fragment of torn lens gets stuck under the eyelid. Rinsing your eyes with saline will generally loosen the lens so you can remove it gently and easily.
  • Contact lenses cannot slide behind your eye, getting stuck there forever. While contacts may get lodged under your eyelid, your eyelids serve as a barrier to block anything from slipping behind your eyeball.
  • Contact lenses stuck in your eye do not seriously endanger your health. It may not be good for you, but a lens that’s stuck will generally do nothing more than cause irritation.

How can I remove a soft contact lens that’s stuck in my eye?

  1. First of all, wash your hands with soap and dry on a lint-free towel.
  2. Rewetting eye drops are pretty much all you need. Don’t be economical when you use them, because the more moisture you add to your eye, the better the chances that the lens will simply dislodge and slip out on its own. Close your eyes and blink repeatedly to disperse the lubricating fluid.
  3. If applying eye drops doesn’t do the trick, then gently massage the upper and lower portions of your eyelid until the lens comes out. The key word here is “gently,” don’t apply any forceful pressure.
  4. If a mild massage doesn’t release the lens, then grip your eyelid and flip it upwards (inside out). Look in the mirror to search for any pieces of your lens and carefully remove them. Afterwards, rinse your eye with saline.
  5. If none of these techniques work for you, double check to make sure the lens didn’t fall out already (and you’re just feeling the sensation left by mild irritation). If the lens is still there, please call our Las Vegas, Nevada, eye doctor and schedule an urgent eye exam.

What do I do if my hard gas permeable contacts get stuck?

If you wear hard contact lenses, you’ll need to handle a stuck lens differently from a soft lens.

Applying rewetting eye drops is an essential first step. Then, close your eyes and blink. This may be sufficient to dislodge the lens, moving it back to the center of your eye where you can remove it as usual.

With hard contact lenses, don’t massage your eyelid! This can cause the lens to scrape your cornea, leading to a painful corneal abrasion.

If lubricating the lens doesn’t help, use your fingertip to gently press your eye near the edge of your contact lens. This can break the suction, unsticking the lens so you can remove it easily. Or, pick up a special suction cup device (sold with the contact lenses products in most stores) that can attached to your lens to gently pull it off from your eye surface.

Why does my eye hurt after removing a stuck contact lens?

Generally, this is just a symptom caused by mild irritation. Sterile saline or artificial tears eye drops can help moisten your eye to enhance comfort. With a bit of time, the irritation will usually disappear.

However, if the pain persists and your eye appears red, reach out to our Las Vegas, Nevada, eye care center for instructions. You’ll need an eye exam to determine if any medical treatment is necessary.

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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