A same day eye appointment can be a real sight-saver! Having access to an eye doctor on the same day that you need one is the ultimate in convenience. Patients ages 5 years and older with acute/urgent eye conditions, or in need of routine vision exams can take advantage of EyeCareToday, Monday through Friday at our Peoria office.
The Fourth of July is a fun holiday, especially with fireworks. Unfortunately, fireworks can cause serious eye injuries. The good news is that eye injuries associated with fireworks can be prevented.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), eye injuries accounted for 15 percent of all injuries from fireworks between June 21, 2019 and July 21, 2019, with emergency departments treating 1,100 patients for eye injuries from fireworks in that month.
Quick: someone has something wrong with their eye. Do you know what to do?
Eye emergencies can be very scary. You want to avoid a needless trip to the doctor but failing to treat some types of eye emergencies could cost someone their vision. Familiarize yourself with the following situations to know what to do in the event of an eye emergency.
Types of Eye Emergencies
Traumatic eye injury/accident
Accidents and eye injuries are common causes of eye emergencies. Accidents typically involve having a foreign object enter the eye, but blunt-force trauma and burns can occur, too.
Some eye conditions come about so slowly that patients can wait a week or two to visit their eye doctors. Acute eye conditions, on the other hand, need attention the same day.
Acute eye conditions are those that come on suddenly. They can include eye injuries, such as scratches to the surface of the eye, a foreign body in the eye, or a chemical injury. Other acute eye conditions may include infections and extreme symptoms of eye allergies.
Many say that your eyes are the window to your soul, but they also provide a glimpse into your overall health.
What Your Eyes Say about Your Health
Red, itchy, teary eyes
Red, teary eyes that itch all of the time are a sure sign of allergies to pollen, animal fur, dust mites, makeup, or eye drops.
White spots on the front of your eye
White spots on the clear layer over the front of your eye, known as the cornea, could be a sign of corneal infection. This is especially true if you wear contacts.
One of the best ways to make this a Happy New Year is to take better care of your eyes. While it is not a common resolution, improving your eye health is always a worthwhile goal. Here are four resolutions you can make for healthier eyes in the next year.
Frequently Asked Questions about EyeCareToday
What is EyeCareToday?
You might be surprised to learn that some little habits can have a big impact on the health of your eyes. In fact, some habits can contribute to discomfort, pain, and even vision loss. Identifying these bad habits – and making an effort to break them – can help save your vision.
People are becoming increasingly aware of the effects of light pollution, especially as it relates to the health of their eyes. Many consumers are concerned about blue light emitted from electronic devices. In fact, many retailers offer blue light screen protectors that promise to shield eyes from the effects of blue light.
But is blue light really that harmful?
Taking good care of your eyes is important during childhood, of course, because that is when your eyes and your vision are developing. Proper eye care is essential to prevent age-related sight problems, such as age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and cataracts, when you get older. But what about when you are in your 20s and 30s?
If you are like most young adults in this age range, your eyes are probably in good overall health – you might even have perfect 20/20 vision, with or without the use of eyeglasses or contact lenses. By taking the right steps to maintain good eye health, you may expect great eyesight for the next decade or longer.