Serious symptoms should not be ignored. In most emergencies, it is best for you to contact us.
There are times when help is needed immediately. Take a look at the list of possible reasons for quick action.
Seeing new halos (bright circles or rings around lights)
Pink eye is an infection that must be treated immediately, otherwise it can spread and damage your eyes. Symptoms of this infection include red and watery eyes, itch, discharge, discomfort, and distorted vision.
There are many complications associated with ocular injuries, including permanent loss of vision. If you suspect that you have a serious injury, seek immediate medical attention. Cornea and iris injuries are the most common reason for calling the Benjamin Eye Institute. If you have an eye injury, do not rub your eyes and call our office or the emergency room straight away.
EXPOSURE TO CHEMICAL SUBSTANCES
In case you accidentally splashed any chemical into your eye, see a doctor immediately. Remember that time is a critical factor.
PENETRATING OR PERFORATING EYE INJURY
Do not try to remove a foreign body yourself and do not rub your eyes - you can further exacerbate the damage. Put on a loose eye shield and give us a call immediately.
WHO SHOULD I SEE?
WHY CALLING US IS BEST IN 99% OF THE CASES
An urgent care center usually does not have an ophthalmologist on staff, so they will give you some harmless eye drops instead of professional eyecare. So, it's better to contact Benjamin Eye Institute right away - you will be seen on the same day.IF SOMETHING DANGEROUS HAPPENS OVER THE WEEKEND
Call the emergency room: there should be an ophthalmologist on duty. It is important to remember that extremely dangerous situations, requiring immediate medical assistance (such as a nail in the eye or chemical burns) happen relatively rarely. In the vast majority of emergency cases, Dr. Benjamin will be able to provide you with effective care, saving you time, nerves, and money.