When to Seek Medical Care
In most cases, if you have continuing symptoms of pain, visual disturbance, or bleeding, you should see Dr. Nguyen or Dr. Gonzalez as soon as possible.
In general, if you are not sure if you have a serious eye injury or problem call Dr. Nguyen or Dr. Gonzalez for advice.
Calling Dr. Nguyen or Dr. Gonzalez may be helpful in the following circumstances:
Chemical exposures: If you are not sure if the exposure is potentially serious, you have washed out your eye for at least 20 minutes, and you have few symptoms, then Dr. Nguyen or Dr. Gonzalez may be able to help you decide whether or not you should be seen immediately.
The following conditions should be seen promptly by Dr. Nguyen or Dr. Gonzalez or in the emergency department:
Chemical exposures: If the substance was known to be caustic, immediate medical evaluation by either Dr. Nguyen or Dr. Gonzalez or in the emergency department is needed, regardless of symptoms. Acids and alkalis are the worst and require immediate attention. Immediate washing out of your eyes with running water is necessary for at least 20 minutes should be performed before going to seek medical care. 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 Dr. Nguyen or Dr. Gonzalez's office may be helpful to alleviate any remaining symptoms. When in doubt, seek medical attention or call our office for advice.
Lacerations: Cuts that affect the eyelid margins (where the eyelashes are) or the eyeball itself need immediate medical attention.
Sudden, painless loss of vision is considered an eye medical emergency.