Urgent Eye Care
Wheaton Eye Clinic is prepared to treat urgent care patients during regular business hours. An emergency ophthalmologist is on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to patients calling our normal business phone number—630.668.8250. After business hours, an operator will take your information and relay this to the on-call physician.
In Cases of Emergency
An eye emergency exists when vision loss or permanent damage to the eye is imminent. If there is a life threatening condition, 911 should be called or the patient should immediately go to the nearest hospital emergency room.
Some of the signs and symptoms of an eye emergency which should be evaluated promptly include:
- Sudden loss or distortion of vision
- Sudden development of double vision
- Onset of flashing lights or floaters
- Any ocular trauma that causes persistent redness and pain, loss of vision or involves a chemical exposure
Medical attention should be sought immediately since time is of the essence to preserve vision after an eye injury. Injuries to the eye can result in significant permanent visual damage. More than 100,000 eye injuries occur annually and the majority of these accidents occur in younger people. Sports and recreational activities are the most common setting for eye injuries. Hazardous situations also exist at home, work or school.
Ninety percent of all eye injuries can be prevented with the use of proper protective eyewear and by taking prudent precautions.
Projectile objects, such as a ball or finger, can cause a wide range of damage including corneal abrasion, bleeding in the eye, fracture of the orbital bone, rupture of the eyeball or retinal detachment.
Foreign Bodies and Miscellaneous Debris
Activities such as grinding metal or trimming tree branches can disperse particles that become lodged in the eye.
Such occurrences can be devastating and commonly occur in laboratories or at home from accidental exposure to household cleaners, solvents or aerosol products.
Penetration of the Eye
Broken glass or a similar sharp object in the eye usually results in violent trauma.
Amateur use of fireworks or explosives has the potential to cause serious injury.
Whenever an eye injury occurs, certain steps must be taken in order to prevent serious damage and visual loss. If someone has been exposed to a harmful chemical, immediate irrigation of the eye with water is of utmost importance, even before a phone call to the ER is made. If a blunt or penetrating injury of the eye occurs, manipulation of the eye should be avoided since further damage could be caused. A shield (such as a makeshift one cut from a Styrofoam cup) should be placed over the eye. A pressure patch on the eye may be harmful after trauma and should be avoided.
Conditions Requiring Evaluation within a Day or Two
- Redness and/or discharge of the eyes
- Blisters or lumps on the eyes
- Pain in the eyes
- Foreign body sensation