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Emergency Eye Symptoms

Your eye doctor should regularly examine any changes to your vision or eyes because certain eye symptoms can indicate the need for emergency care.

In addition, some eye conditions may not have noticeable symptoms. This makes it important to have regular eye exams, as many eye conditions can be effectively treated when identified early.

Eye Emergencies

The following symptoms may indicate an emergency requiring immediate medical attention

  • Black spots or flashes of light
  • Curtain-like disappearance of vision
  • Eye injury or pain
  • Seeing halos or rainbows around light
  • Loss of peripheral (side) vision
  • Sudden hazy or blurred vision
  • Sudden vision loss in one eye
  • Red, crusty or swollen eyelids

Other Eye Symptoms That May Arise

The following symptoms may not be emergencies but still require examination from your eye doctor:

  • Blurred or double vision
  • Excessive tearing or watering of your eyes
  • Itchy, burning, or dry eyes
  • Difficulty seeing in dark environments
  • Seeing spots or ghost-like images
  • Light sensitivity
  • Eye strain and/or frequent mild headaches