At Kirkwood Eye Center we are here to help with ALL of your emergency eye needs. We encourage all of our current and future patients to begin at our office for all emergency eye care as we are uniquely equipped as eye doctors to accurately and quickly diagnose, treat, and triage your condition. Baylor ER currently has no optometrist or ophthalmologist on call. If you begin there, you will typically be triaged to an optometrist/ophthalmologist group in Hurst. So if you are in need of emergency eye care, why not start with the physicians who specialize in the eyes?
Red eyes are one of the more common emergencies we see on a daily basis and can have many different etiologies. A red eye due to herpetic infections is often misdiagnosed at most urgent care ER’s.
One of the most common causes of red eyes is a viral conjunctivitis. Our office uses a state-of-the-art test called AdenoPlus which quickly identifies in-office whether the infection is viral or bacterial in nature and helps us more accurately formulate a treatment for the condition. Remember we’re here to help and do not want you to needlessly suffer.
Another area our doctors are skilled in is the removal of ocular foreign bodies. It is important to flush your eye immediately should something blow up into your eye. Leaving bits of metal on the cornea can lead to rust forming around the object in the corneal tissue. If the metal sits in the cornea too long once before the object is removed, many times the doctor will have to debride or polish the ocular surface with a drill called an Alger Brush. The sooner we can remove the offending object, the less likely the doctors will have to perform this additional step.
One of the more common conditions we note are complications associated with contact lens wearers. While sleeping in your contact lenses might be FDA-approved, it also can lead to many more complications with the eyes. One of the most serious of these is a corneal ulcer. In most cases, we can treat these with topical antibiotics and steroids you can get from your local pharmacy. The more advanced cases require fortified antibiotics specially made for the infection, and these can be costly and can only be done at a few select pharmacies in the area. As with everything else, the earlier we can catch and begin treatment on these conditions, the less likely they are to lead to long-term damage and scarring.