Urgent Eye Care Services Wayzata MN - Art of Optiks
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We’re Here for You When You Need It Most

If you are experiencing a life-threatening situation, call 911 or go to the hospital right away. For other cases, such as an eye emergency that doesn’t need immediate attention, find your way to Art of Optiks Wayzata. We work with many insurance companies such as VSP, EyeMed, BCBS, Medica, Health Partners, United Health Care, and more. Our office is also an open-access provider for most vision plans, including Davis and Spectera, so you don’t have to worry about insurance coverage before receiving urgent eye care. 

Seek Immediate Care For These Eye Conditions

There are some specific eye conditions and injuries that could cause irreversible damage when not cared for properly. Schedule a consultation with an eye doctor at Art of Optiks Wayzata immediately if you experience any of these symptoms:

  • Foreign particle in the eye
  • Red eyes
  • Corneal abrasion
  • Contact lens injury
  • Eye infections
  • Flashes and floaters
  • Sudden change in vision
  • Transient loss of vision
  • Head trauma and concussion evaluation

Chemical Exposure

It’s vital to take precautions to prevent eye injuries from causing severe damage or vision loss. If you have been exposed to a harmful chemical, immediately rinse your eyes to clean out the chemical, then schedule an appointment at our urgent eye care clinic in Wayzata. When working in labs, factories, or other settings with exposure risks, wear protective eye coverings.

Foreign Particle Removal

If you believe that a foreign object is stuck in your eye and you’re experiencing extreme irritation, pain, or inflammation — schedule an appointment with us immediately. While dirt, eyelashes, sawdust, or sand can work themselves out naturally, there is a chance that an object could pierce your eye causing severe damage.

Red Eyes

Redness in one or both of your eyes could be a sign of infection or a result of inflammation. Red eyes can be highly uncomfortable. They can stem from various factors, including conjunctivitis, allergies, colds, or a sty. Schedule an appointment at Art of Optiks Wayzata if you experience any of these symptoms:

  • Pain
  • Redness
  • Inflammation
  • Swelling
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Itchiness
  • Burning
  • Tearing up
  • Discharge

Corneal Abrasion

The cornea is the transparent front covering your eye that protects your pupil and iris from any dust or debris. When the cornea is scratched, it’s called a corneal abrasion. If abrasion occurs, immediate action could be required. If you believe you have corneal abrasion, we recommend you schedule an appointment right away. Be aware of the following symptoms:

  • Red, irritated eyes
  • Eye pain
  • Blurred vision
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Feeling like something is in your eye or under your eyelid

Contact Lens Injury

It’s not uncommon for contact lens wearers to keep their contacts in for far longer than they should. Avoid wearing them for more than 12 hours or sleeping with them. If you experience dry eyes while wearing contacts, you could be at a greater risk of eye injury. An Art of Optiks Wayzata doctor can prescribe antibiotic eye drops or apply an eye patch for many contact lens injuries.

Flashes and Floaters

If you see sudden flashes or small floating shapes in your vision, seek an exam from Art of Optiks Wayzata immediately. Flashes and floaters can be a sign of posterior vitreous detachment (PVD) or retinal tears. PVD can cause strain on your retina, which results in flashes and floaters. It’s essential to seal tears immediately, so retinal detachment doesn’t occur.

Eye Infection

Eye infections can happen to anyone, not just children. Bacteria, viruses, or fungi can infect your eye, leading to the symptoms listed below. Conjunctivitis, or pink eye, is one of the most common eye infections. If you suspect you have an eye infection, give us a call. Keep an eye out for the following symptoms:

  • Redness
  • Itching
  • Discharge
  • Crusting over eyelid
  • Pain
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Swelling

Sudden Change in Vision

Loss of sharp vision or extended blurred vision are both signs of underlying issues. Once an eye doctor at Art of Optiks Wayzata hears your medical history and the events leading up to your vision change, they can help narrow down symptoms that signal a specific issue. A refractive error often causes blurred vision, but there are other conditions it can be related to, including:

  • Tumors
  • High blood pressure
  • Stroke
  • Brain hemorrhage
  • Inflammation of the optic nerve
  • Harm to the eye or surrounding area
  • Elevated spinal fluid pressure
  • Brain swelling
  • Inflamed blood vessels
  • Acute angle-closure glaucoma

Transient Loss of Vision

Amaurosis fugax is the medical term for temporary loss of vision. This condition is rare but can cause rapid vision loss. Prompt treatment is necessary to avoid permanent loss, so make an appointment right away at our urgent eye care clinic. Amaurosis fugax typically occurs due to reduced blood flow to the eye. Conditions that can cause it include:

  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Smoking
  • High cholesterol
  • Regular migraines
  • Glaucoma

Head Trauma and Concussion Evaluation

After an accident or athletic collision, it’s vital to seek medical care right away if you suspect you have a concussion. Head trauma and concussions can affect your vision when left untreated. Our eye doctors will perform a concussion evaluation and a visual assessment to determine functions, such as:

  • Focusing
  • Eye teaming and tracking
  • Depth perception
  • Overall eye health

Wayzata Urgent Eye Care Clinic

Art of Optiks Wayzata is here when you need an eye doctor in a time of emergency. Our skilled doctors strive to create strong relationships with patients by providing top-quality eye care and educating patients on their eye health. The doctors at Art of Optiks Wayzata will create a comfortable and safe environment every time you visit, especially when there’s an emergency. 

Our Wayzata office is located in downtown Wayzata along the waterfront of Lake Minnetonka. Parking is available on the street, in the lot on the corner of Superior Blvd and East Lake Street, and in the new municipal parking ramp located directly behind Art of Optiks on Mill Street. Please visit us for any of your urgent eye care needs.