Emergency Eye Care

For life threatening emergencies, always call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.

At Los Gatos Eye Care we treat many different types of emergencies. For our patients, we offer after business hours emergency care.
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Have you ever had a medical eye emergency and were not sure where to go? Your local optometrists at Los Gatos Eye Care are well equipped with the instruments, knowledge, and experience to diagnose and treat most ocular emergencies. We are able to take same day appointments and treat many cases on the same visit. Given the nature and potential problems that are associated with certain eye emergencies, you will always be assured that your cases are given the highest in priority. Additionally, if your particular case needs even more specialized attention, we have available a team of great eye surgeons to help even the most difficult emergency.

Eye related emergency room visits are often times misdiagnosed because emergency rooms do not have the specialized equipment to properly diagnose eye related disorders. We have had dozens of patient coming to our office AFTER their emergency visit in order to receive more a more accurate diagnosis and care.

We also know that emergency room visits are never inexpensive. Recent research shows that an average trip to the emergency room costs $1,233 which is 40% higher than the average American rent. (Sarah Kliff, March 2, 2013)

At Los Gatos Eye Care we treat many different types of emergencies.

Below are examples of common emergencies at our office:

  • Eye infections (pink/red eye)
  • Corneal and conjunctival foreign body
  • Corneal abrasion
  • Corneal ulcer
  • Eyelid abrasion
  • Severe allergies
  • Chronic dry eyes
  • Iritis (eye pain)
  • Direct trauma to the eye (sports injury)
  • Eyelid swelling and pain

Eye Health Symptoms to Watch For:

  • Eye pain and discomfort
  • Red, pink eye
  • Eye swollen/closed shut
  • Foreign body or particles in eye
  • Bloodshot eye or a small pool of blood on corner of the eye
  • Discharge, crustiness
  • Drippy eye
  • Extreme eye itchiness
  • Floaters in the eye
  • Reduced vision (blur)

If you have an ocular emergency, please call 408-377-2020.