5 Eye Conditions that Require Prompt Medical Treatment During the Holidays

The holiday season is such a busy time, and when accidents happen, we often take a “wait and see” approach; now this strategy may work for some medical issues during this busy time, but eye problems need to be evaluated right away. Delaying treatment for injuries, infections and sudden vision changes can result in vision loss. Sometimes, patients aren’t sure when it’s necessary to see their Ophthalmologist. In the Triangle, Dr. Beth R. Friedland has more than 30 years of experience handling a variety eye conditions. Dr. Friedland and her staff at Park Ophthalmology prepared an easy-to-remember list of times to call the office for treatment.

These five situations require quick attention by an eye health professional:

  • Foreign objects: It’s probably obvious that any time a foreign object is lodged in an eye, the object needs to be removed promptly by a doctor. Those whose work or hobbies include the risk of flying particles of wood, metal or glass are especially at risk. Wearing protective goggles can eliminate most of this risk.
  • Injuries: Athletes are particularly at risk of impact injuries to their eyes. Getting hit by a ball or another player can cause injuries severe enough to damage vision. The American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends a visit to an eye health profession for even seemingly minor eye trauma. Putting off treatment at Christmas or any time of year could cause the initial injury to worsen and create more damage.
  • Chemical exposure: Many household substances people use during this busy time are bad for their eyes. Bleach, ammonia, drain cleaners and anything containing lye can burn the cornea and possibly cause permanent impairment. Even though flushing with clear water will remove the chemical, a visit to Dr. Friedland is needed to check for any lasting harm.
  • Infection: Conjunctivitis, or “pink eye,” is the most common eye infection, and is very common during the holiday season. The condition sometimes will clear up on its own, but medical treatment will ease symptoms and quickly end the infection. Conjunctivitis also can be very contagious, so it’s important to get prompt treatment to prevent passing it on to family members.
  • Sudden vision changes: Sudden changes to vision can indicate serious problems, such as a detached retina, stroke or acute glaucoma. No one should assume that sudden blurriness or clouded vision will resolve itself. A prompt medical exam can help prevent permanent vision loss.

Don’t delay this holiday season. Call Park Ophthalmology immediately if anyone suffers from any of the listed conditions. Also, don’t delay an annual eye exam. Call Dr. Friedland’s office today to schedule an appointment.

Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah to all!


Park Ophthalmology welcomes patients from all areas of the Triangle and offers a wide variety of specialized services including surgery for diseases of the eye, vision examinations, eye safety information, sports medicine protective eyewear and counseling, contact lenses and evaluation, and all types of ocular diagnosis and treatment. Many types of surgery are available, including cataract and laser surgery. We are here for you and your eye and overall health. Give us a call today!

This article about the vision care is brought to you by the professional team at Park Ophthalmology located in the Triangle Region of North Carolina.

The information contained in this blog article about the holiday season is intended solely for informational purposes and is not offered as medical advice.


Park Ophthalmology

5306 NC Highway 55, Suite 102 (adjacent to the RTP/ Research Triangle Park)

Durham, NC 27713

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Raleigh, NC 27615

919 846 6915

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