Skip to main content

 (210) 361-0121
In the Ingram Park Mall next to Sear's on the 2nd fl

CARING FOR
THE EYES OF TEXAS

Home » Eye Care Services At TSO San Antonio » Eye Emergencies in San Antonio

Eye Emergencies in San Antonio

If this is an emergency, you can contact our office at: (210) 681-4720

When to Seek Medical Care

In most cases, if you have continuing symptoms of pain, visual disturbance, or bleeding, you should go to an ophthalmologist (a medical doctor who specializes in eye care and surgery).

In general, if you are not sure if you have a serious eye injury, call your ophthalmologist or TSO optometrist for advice.

When to call your ophthalmologist:

Chemical exposures: If you are not sure if the exposure is potentially serious, you have washed out your eye, and you have few symptoms, then your ophthalmologist may be able to help you decide whether or not you should be seen immediately.

Subconjunctival hemorrhage: If you are not sure that you have this condition, your ophthalmologist may be able to help with the diagnosis. This condition does not require immediate medical attention.
Continuing pain and decreased vision after an eye injury can be warning signs that require prompt medical attention. If you have an ophthalmologist, he or she may be able to take care of you in the office. Otherwise, go to a hospital’s emergency department.

When to see an ophthalmologist or emergency department:

Chemical exposures: If the substance was known to be caustic, immediate medical evaluation by either an ophthalmologist or in the emergency department is needed, regardless of symptoms. Acids and alkalis are the worst and require immediate attention. If the substance is not dangerous, such as soap or suntan lotion, a visit to the emergency department is not necessary, but a visit to the ophthalmologist’s office may be helpful to alleviate any remaining symptoms. When in doubt, seek medical attention.

Lacerations: Cuts that affect the eyelid margins (where the eyelashes are) or the eyeball itself need immediate medical attention. Foreign bodies that are not removed with gentle washing should be evaluated by an ophthalmologist.

Solar retinopathy: Evaluation by an ophthalmologist is necessary. This is one condition where there is little that can be done in the emergency department.

“Prevention is the best medicine”

Not every emergency is preventable, but many situations can be avoided or made safer. Read about sports eyewear, specialty eyewear, and protective eyewear.

Call (210) 361-0121 ▸ Take Me There

Welcome to Texas State Optical Ingram

Call (210) 361-0121 ▸

Take Me There

Our Location

6301 NW Loop 410, Ste N18a
San Antonio, TX 78238