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FAQ

What is an Eye Emergency?

An eye emergency is an event where your eyesight is at risk or you have eye pain. Events that risk eyesight require prompt treatment to prevent vision loss. Eye emergencies are common.  During office hours we will always accommodate an emergency.  If the office is closed, in the event of an eye emergency, please call our office at 563-588-4675, you will reach our answering service and they will contact the physician that is on call.

Some examples of an eye emergency are:

  • Chemical contact with eye or face
  • Severe eye, head or face injury
  • Sudden loss of all or part of your vision
  • Bulging eye
  • Painful eye
  • Onset of flashing lights, floaters, or a noticeable increase in the amount of flashes and floaters
  • Appearance of a “veil”, or curtain across the field of vision
  • Sudden changes in pupil size
  • Eye that is sensitive to light
  • Foreign body in the eye
  • Double vision
  • Discharge, profuse tearing

Post-operative patients with pain in or around the eye, infectious discharge, increased redness, or decreased vision (in either eye).

 

What is the difference between an Ophthalmologist, Optometrist and Optician?

  • An ophthalmologist (Dr. Bryan Pechous, MD and Dr. Paul Mahlberg, MD) is a medical school graduate and has completed several years of training in a hospital and/or university setting in the treatment of eye disease and surgery.
  • An optometrist is a person licensed to perform eye exams that check for vision problems and diseases. They also prescribe eyeglasses or contact lenses as needed.
  • An optician is a person qualified to make and dispense eye glasses.

 

Will I be dilated at my appointment?

  • Yes, every comprehensive eye exam will include a dilated exam. This is necessary in order to evaluate the health of the retina, optic nerve and blood vessels, and confirm the optical state of eye, for example to prescribe glasses.

 

How long will dilation last?

  • The dilating drops take approximately 15-30 minutes before they take effect. While you are dilated you will be sensitive to the sunlight and your near vision will be blurry. This will last on average 2-3 hours.

 

Should I take multivitamins to preserve my vision?

  • If you have a family history of macular degeneration you can consider vitamins and most importantly eat a balanced diet.

 

Will my vision deteriorate if I start wearing prescribed reading glasses?

  • No!  Your eyes will feel less strained at the end of the day.

 

Is twitching of an eye a sign of some serious issue i.e. stroke…?

  • Not usually.  However, it may be related to particular local eye conditions which should be evaluated and might need treatment.

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