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Eye Emergencies

Dr. Kara Fedders offers emergency services that require immediate and urgent eye care.

Eye Doctor, Emergency Eye Care in Colorado Springs, CO

Emergency Eye Care

We all value our vision, yet sometimes when we are faced with an eye emergency we do not take it as seriously as it should be. As an eye doctor for many years, I cannot tell you how many patients tell me"I thought it would be fine".  Our eyes are extremely complex and what may seem like "nothing serious" to a normal person, may be extremely serious to a trained eye doctor.

Dr. Fedders feels very strongly about providing emergency eye care to the residents of Colorado Springs, Manitou Springs, Woodland Park, Divide, Cripple Creek, and Florissant

"I feel blessed to be able to live up to the responsibility of providing emergency eye care. In many cases, a quick call can mean the difference between serious issues with your vision or a quick visit to your optometrist."

As our eye doctor can explain during your next eye exam, there are some key areas of concern that should cause you to make an emergency eye exam as soon as possible. If you experience sudden vision loss for any reason at all or if you experience the symptom of double vision all of a sudden, give us a call. Red and painful eyes generally are nothing to worry about, but in certain cases can indicate a much more serious issue, we recommend calling our office for further instruction and to determine the best course of action.

One of the more serious concerns as an optometrist is something stuck in your eye or foreign body. Especially in the case where that is metal or chemical, you should make an emergency appointment as soon as possible. While Pink eye or eye infections are not threatening in most cases, it can be hard to tell the differences between viral, bacterial and allergic conjunctivitis which are the three terms for pink eye. Bacterial conjunctivitis is the most serious of the three forms, and if treated, generally with antibiotics, will go away with proper treatment. However in some cases, if left untreated it can lead to Corneal Ulcers, an extremely serious condition which can lead to permanent vision loss. Therefore our optometrist recommends calling or setting up an appointment to check up on symptoms of pink eye.

Please call our office at 719-470-0027 for further instructions.  Use your best judgment on urgency, if you feel your need to find the nearest emergency room.

Symptoms that require emergency service include, but are not limited to:

  • Sudden loss of vision
  • Sudden double vision
  • Sudden red/painful eye
  • Pink Eye
  • New onset flashes and/or floaters
  • Foreign body in the eye (especially metal or chemicals)

Things NOT to do while waiting for professional medical assistance:

  • DO NOT press on an injured eye or allow the victim to rub the eye(s).
  • DO NOT attempt to remove a foreign body that is resting on the cornea (the clear surface of the eye through which we see) or that appears to be embedded in any part of the eye.
  • DO NOT use dry cotton (including cotton swabs) or sharp instruments (such as tweezers) on the eye.
  • DO NOT attempt to remove an embedded object.
  • Did you know your optometrist can help you with red eyes, pink eye, sore eyes, foreign body removal and eye emergencies?
  • When we get hurt, it can sometimes be easy to brush it off. “It'll be alright to wait until tomorrow,” or “I can handle it myself.” Unfortunately, many times we're wrong. Immediate professional attention is required.