Surely one day you had very red eyes, and you thought about running to the emergency room. You probably had a moment in which you saw something strange, and you guessed it could be an essential pathology of sight- Emergency Ophthalmology, and you still remember that day you had slight discomfort in the eyelid. But you went to see the ophthalmologist on duty at your hospital, because of "the view is very delicate" and you had to wait two hours to be treated, and you took conjunctivitis of "gift."
With this post, we want to help you learn more about ophthalmological emergencies. We want to help you rescue your time; so you do not have to wait in the emergency corridor for hours to diagnose a sometimes banal problem that either resolves spontaneously or may require scheduled ophthalmological care through an appointment in eye surgery hospitals consultations.
Of course, we do not want you to stay with the doubt; before deciding to come to the emergency room, see if your symptoms are any of the ones that we are going to explain next. If not, use common sense and do what you think is convenient.
In the following lines we have tried to make a summary of those situations that require urgent ophthalmological attention; I hope you're not in any of them...
The symptoms or signs that require early ophthalmologic care are:
- Sudden loss of vision
- Red or inflamed eye
- Eye pain
- If you suffer an ocular traumatism
The degree of urgency in the attention to the request could be summarized as follows:
- You must go on the same day to EMERGENCIES if You notice a sudden loss of vision or you have a very red and inflamed eye, or if you have received a traumatism
- You have 1 or 2 days of margin if: You see "flies" or floating bodies in the visual field, or if you see the blurred vision.
- You have up to 3 weeks to receive ophthalmological care (requesting an appointment to your specialist) if: You have stinging, itching, tearing, progressive eyelid drooping, nodules or eyelid lumps.
Perhaps the fact of having a greater facility of access to urgent ophthalmological care through hospital centers with the ophthalmologist on duty, or similar eye treatment hospitals in Delhi, has made these consultations have increased significantly in recent years. This, and of course the high perception of importance and at the same time fragility of the visual system, perceived by the general population.
In future posts of this blog, we will describe some of the most critical pathologies of our specialty, we will describe some of its symptoms, and we will inform you of those that are subsidiary of a preferential valuation. Thanks to this we hope that together we can make responsible and reasonable use of hospital emergencies, which, as in other specialties, can save lives (and in our case, the life of our eyes).