Accidents or emergencies relating to your eyes can be very scary and unexpected. Art of Optiks Wayzata is here for you in those challenging times, ensuring you are taken care of, and your vision is intact. It’s crucial to seek care from an eye doctor immediately following an eye injury, extreme pain, redness, a sudden vision change, or when a foreign object gets stuck.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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:
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:
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.
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 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:
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:
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:
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:
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.