Emergency Eye Care
Lieberman and Lieberman are ready to look after ALL of your eye care needs in one location. In addition to the services you already rely on us for such as routine eye exams, contact lenses. designer frames and eyeglasses - think of your Optometrist first for:
- sore, red, or itchy eyes
- treatment of "pink eye" and other bacterial infections
- removal of foreign bodies from the eye (such as wood or metal)
- treatment of eye allergies or burns
- emergency eye care
This is convenient and cost effective for your whole family and you can be sure you are receiving the attention of an eye care specialist. We can also diagnose eye diseases which may have symptoms similar to those of an eye emergency.
Calling Your Ophthalmologist May Be Helpful In The Following Circumstances
If you are not sure if the exposure is potentially serious, you have washed out your eye, and you have few symptoms, then your ophthalmologist may be able to help you decide whether or not you should be seen immediately.
If you are not sure that you have this condition, your ophthalmologist may be able to help with the diagnosis. This condition does not require immediate medical attention.
Continuing Pain And Decreased Vision
Continuing pain and decreased vision after an eye injury can be warning signs that require prompt medical attention. If you have an ophthalmologist, he or she may be able to take care of you in the office. Otherwise, go to a hospital's emergency department.
The Following Conditions Should Be Seen Promptly By An Ophthalmologist Or In The Emergency Department
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 alkalis 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.
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.
Evaluation by an ophthalmologist is necessary. This is one condition where there is little that can be done in the emergency department.
When To Seek Medical Care
In most cases, if you have continuing symptoms of pain, visual disturbance, or bleeding, you should go to an ophthalmologist (a medical doctor who specializes in eye care and surgery).
In general, if you are not sure if you have a serious eye injury, call your ophthalmologist for advice.