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Severe Emergencies

1. I just lost my vision in one eye. Should I go to the emergency room?

Anytime anyone experiences sudden changes in their vision it should be treated as an emergency until proven otherwise. If you experience any vision loss in one or both eyes, you should call your eye doctor immediately. If you cannot get in contact with your doctor, go to the nearest emergency room as soon as possible.

2. My eye is bleeding. What should I do?

If you or someone else suddenly notices blood in your eye, it is important to contact your eye doctor as soon as possible. Most of these cases are not emergencies, but they do need to be evaluated by a professional because they may be a sign of an underlying health problem.

If the bleeding resulted from trauma to the head or eye, or if there is vision loss associated with the bleeding, you should go to the nearest emergency room as soon as possible.

3. I am seeing double. Should I go to the eye doctor?

Double vision has many different causes. Typically, it is not an eye emergency, but it does need to be evaluated by a doctor because it is often linked to other health conditions.

If you are seeing double, you should contact your eye doctor as soon as possible.

4. I have severe pain in my eye. What do I do?

Pain is the body’s way of telling you that something is wrong. Pain that does not go away or gets worse over time indicates a potential problem. If you are ever in doubt, it is best to call your eye doctor as soon as possible. If you cannot get in contact with your doctor, go to the nearest emergency room as soon as possible.

5. I feel a lot of pressure behind my eye. What should I do?

Pressure in the eye is another way that the body may warn you of a potential problem. If you are ever in doubt, it is best to call your eye doctor as soon as possible. If you cannot get in contact with your doctor, go to the nearest emergency room.