Eye Injuries (cont.)
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What Specialists Treat Eye Injuries?
Minor eye injuries can be cared for by your family doctor or by emergency-room doctors. For more serious eye injuries or if there are any questions regarding even the most trivial-appearing injury, an ophthalmologist should be consulted. An ophthalmologist is a medical doctor who has specialized in the diagnosis and treatment of eye disease. Some patients may need to consult a facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon.
When Should Someone Seek Medical Care for an Eye Injury?
In most cases, if a person has continuing symptoms of pain, visual disturbance, abnormal appearance of the eye or bleeding, they should go to an emergency medicine physician at an emergency department or see an ophthalmologist (a medical doctor who specializes in eye care and eye surgery) if an ophthalmologist is readily available. A diagnosis and treatment plan should not be delayed due to searching for an on-call or available ophthalmologist. After initial treatment, discussion with and/or follow-up with an ophthalmologist is often advised.
In general, if a person is not sure if they have a serious eye injury, they should call an ophthalmologist or see an emergency-medicine doctor, preferably at a large hospital that has an ophthalmologist on call, for advice and/or treatment. In the event of eye injury to children, especially infants or toddlers, an examination should be performed emergently.
An ophthalmologist may be helpful in the following circumstances:
Continuing pain and decreased vision after an eye injury can be warning signs that require prompt medical attention. If the person has an ophthalmologist, he or she may be able to take care of the patient in their office. Otherwise, they should go to a hospital's emergency department, preferably one in a large hospital where an ophthalmologist is probably on call.
The following conditions should be seen promptly by an ophthalmologist or in the emergency department:
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/22/2016
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