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Emergency Eye Care Specialist

Mark Golden, MD, FACS -  - Ophthalmologist

Doctors For Visual Freedom

Mark Golden, MD, FACS

Ophthalmologist located in Streeterville, Chicago, IL

An urgent eye health need can arise without warning, and having a trusted team to turn to can make a world of difference in the outcome. That’s why Mark Golden, MD, and the team at Doctors For Visual Freedom in the Streeterville neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois, offer emergency eye care as part of their practice services. If you or a family member sustains an eye injury or encounters an urgent eye health issue, call to determine your next steps. Online booking is also an option for less time-sensitive bookings.

Emergency Eye Care Q&A

What is emergency eye care?

 Emergency eye care provides a way for you to get the eye health care you need, when you need it. It’s a good option if you encounter an eye health issue that requires swift treatment but doesn’t rise to the level of a full medical emergency. 

One way to think about emergency eye care services is to consider whether your concerns can wait to be addressed during a normally scheduled visit at Doctors for Visual Freedom. If you feel that waiting would be uncomfortable or threaten your eye health, call the office to set up an emergency visit. 

Doctors for Visual Freedom offers extended hours and walk-in visits to help meet your emergency eye health needs. Of course, you can also call the office to explain your issue and learn your next steps.

What kinds of eye health issues might require emergency care?

Many different eye health concerns can be considered urgent. Some examples of needs that bring people in to see Dr. Golden and his team include:

  • Contact-related eye irritation
  • Traumatic injury to the eye
  • Object lodged or stuck in the eye
  • Persistent eye irritation or redness
  • Signs of eye infection
  • Chemical burns
  • Visual abnormalities like seeing flashes of light or floaters
  • Scratched eye
  • Sudden blurry vision or altered vision
  • Swollen eyelid or stye

There’s nothing more important than preserving your eye health. Call the practice to discuss your options if you experience any of these changes or are simply concerned about your eye health. 

How do I know when to seek emergency eye care?

Any time you experience a medical or eye health emergency, your first step should be to secure your immediate safety. For example, if you’ve been involved in a car accident or sustained any traumatic injury, assess your circumstances and move to a safe location. 

If you are experiencing bleeding, chest pain, breathing difficulties, or have lost consciousness for a period of time, seek emergency health care right away. If your symptoms are limited to your eye health, call Doctors for Visual Freedom to describe your condition and determine what to do next. 

Never try to remove an item that is lodged in your eye. If you believe you’ve suffered a chemical burn, attempt to flush the eye(s) with clean water for at least a couple of minutes. Try to avoid rubbing your eyes if they are irritated or red. Be careful about driving yourself to get help if your vision has changed or you feel faint. 

If you or a family member needs emergency eye care, the team at Doctors for Visual Freedom can help. Call the office to discuss your options, and remember that online booking is always an option for less urgent eye health needs.