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Certain situations involving your eye require emergency care. On this page, we’ve outlined the key symptoms and conditions that indicate that your vision is in jeopardy and require immediate medical attention.

Signs of an eye emergency

  • A sudden loss of vision
  • Pain and redness
  • Seeing haloes, or circles around lights
  • Experiencing new floaters
  • Bulging or swelling of the eye
  • Double vision
  • Eyelids that are stuck together upon waking
  • Sudden and persistent blurred vision

Emergency eye conditions

The above symptoms are signs of serious eye conditions that require prompt treatment from a doctor. Some of the most common problems we see that demand emergency eyecare at the Benjamin Eye Institute include:

Eye infections.

Eye infections are very serious, and can worsen rapidly. Pink eye is one infection that requires emergency eyecare to prevent it from spreading and damaging your vision. Signs of this infection include red and watery eyes, itching, swelling, eye discharge, discomfort and blurry vision.

Eye injuries.

Many eye injuries require immediate treatment or surgery to prevent permanent damage or vision loss. If there’s any question about the severity of your eye injury, we recommend erring on the side of caution and making an appointment.

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Chemical exposure.

If you have been splashed or sprayed in the eye with a chemical substance, you need to be seen by a doctor immediately. Before arriving at our Los Angeles office, run your head under warm tap water for around 20 minutes. If your eye is red and your vision is blurry after being exposed to a chemical, you need emergency eyecare. Severe chemical exposures can cause serious eye damage and vision loss, so time is of the essence.

An object penetrating the eye.

If an object penetrates your eye, obtain emergency eyecare immediately. Do not try to remove the object yourself and avoid rubbing your eyes, as both actions could cause further damage. Place a loose eye shield to protect the area and seek medical attention right away to preserve your vision.

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If you’re experiencing an eye emergency, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment.

During your visit to our optometrist, Dr. Benjamin or Dr. Golchet will closely assess your condition and offer rapid, state-of-the-art treatment, doing everything within their power to save your eyesight.

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    Doe G.
    Los Angeles, CA
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    Wow! I just had surgery by Dr. Benjamin  yesterday. Today I have 20-20, in that eye. Painless & perfect. I had no Idea, what I had been missing.
    Wonderful eye institute. Delightful & very efficient & up to date staff. Especially Myka. Treat yourself to good eye sight by the charming Dr. Benjamin. You will be in good hands.

  • Matt P.
    West Hollywood, CA
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    I have had dry eyes for a quite sometime and had seen several physicians and got eye drops etc but not until I have seen  Dr. Benjamin I found how serious problem that it was. I had the most thorough and individual attention by Dr. Benjamin. He explained to me my problem and treatment options available. Dr. Benjamin and His staff  are very caring and they spend as much time with you as needed and one feels taken care of. I was given state of the art treatment for my dry eyes and my eyes went from feeling tired , red , scratchy and itchy to brilliantly glowing clear. Office is very serene and staff is attentive, pleasant and smiling. Dr. Benjamin is very down to earth and explains thoroughly that one understands what alis them. I will definitely  keep coming back for all my eye issues.

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    Renee T.
    Los Angeles, CA
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    I wish I had come to Dr. Benjamin years ago!!!

    I have been hopping around between 3 eye doctors in the last few years complaining of severe eye pain, redness - so bad I haven't been able to wear contacts for a year. Every other doctor made a diagnosis in 2 minutes, prescribed a few things and sent me on my way. Nothing helped and the doctors kept saying my eyes looked fine despite my symptoms. Finally I saw Dr. Benjamin, and he listened to my concerns from top to bottom and did tests the other doctors never did! He made a brand new diagnosis which finally makes sense and fits my symptoms. He spent almost an hour with me which is unbelievable. I am so impressed with this place, even the front desk and other staff were so friendly. I'm so relieved and am looking forward to making a recovery with Dr. Benjamin and eventually getting LASIK.

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