Eye related emergency room visits are often times misdiagnosed because emergency rooms do not have the specialized equipment to properly diagnose eye related disorders. Patients have found themselves returning to their eye care specialist after emergency room visits in order to receive more accurate care for their eye emergency.
We also know that emergency room visits are never inexpensive. In a study that compared eye emergency room visits to optometry office visits, patients paid over quadruple the fees for an emergency room visit compared to a visit to your optometrist. On average $392 was spent on an emergency room visit and just $78 dollars for the same ailment at your optometrist’s office.
Drs. Hawks, Besler, Rogers, & Stoppel provide 24 hour eye emergency care. Just call our office using the number at the top of this page. If it is during business hours, we’ll make sure to get you in to see the doctor. If it is after business hours, you’ll be given the option to leave a message for the doctor on call. The doctor will then call you back to determine the next steps in your recovery.
The American Optometric Association also provides some tips in their article titled, “What should be done in an eye emergency?“.
This article was written by Dr. Stoppel