Some patients wonder if they can wait until their next routine eye exam. In reality, there are some instances when appropriate vision care must be initiated promptly in order to prevent severe or permanent vision loss. Both Dr. Chorel and Dr. Doig have experienced patient encounters where they wished the patient had come sooner.
In such instances, patients will often report that they "thought it would go away on its own".
So what constitutes a true eye emergency? Unfortunately, we can’t answer this question concisely on a webpage. If you are concerned that you may have a true eye emergency, please call us and book an appointment with one of our doctors. When you call, we will ask specific questions to help decide how urgently the problem should be addressed. Patients with true eye emergencies will be seen by one of our doctors immediately, and appropriate treatment or referral will be initiated right away.
The following are general guidelines and are given to help you decide when you need to see one of our doctors. Patients may have a true eye emergency if their experience includes any of the following: