Eye Emergencies & Urgencies
Our doctors have the experience AND the specialized, state-of-the-art equipment to handle – quickly and affordably – most any eye issue that can happen:
- Pink Eye / Conjunctivitis / Eye Infections
While pink eyes and red eyes can be a fairly routine occurrence – getting an effective eye drop and/or palliative therapy while your eye is healing can be important. Getting you and/or your family back to work or school quickly is a priority! Also, not all eye infections are the same – sometimes that red eye can actually signal something more serious. Let our eye doctors diagnose and treat your eye infections appropriately and effectively.
- Foreign Body Removal
Got something in your eye? Our eye doctors have the experience and equipment to remove it quickly, comfortably and efficiently. And, if an antibiotic is needed afterward, our optometrists can prescribe those too!
- Scratched Eye
Depending on what scratched your eye, you may need antibiotic and/or anti-fungal drops to prevent or treat a subsequent infection. If a scratch is bad, it is going to hurt! Our doctors often will prescribe a bandage contact lens while your eye heals in order to feel better much more quickly!
- Flashes and Floaters
While flashes and floaters ALWAYS need to be evaluated, they are not always indicative of a retinal detachment. Our doctors can do a quick analysis and, if your retina does show a problem, we will quickly get you in to one of the area’s leading retinal specialists.
Diagnosis and Management of Eye Health Issues
Our doctors have the experience and advanced technologies to detect and diagnose eye-related illnesses. In some cases, eye drops, specific vitamins and/or lifestyle modifications can greatly slow down the progression of the disease. In other cases, coordinating care with your primary care provider (pcp), specialist, and/or an ophthalmologist may be necessary. Whatever your situation, we will work with YOU and your healthcare team to develop a plan that will help keep your eyes healthier – and you seeing well – for a long time.
- Annual Eye Exams for Diabetics & Pre-Diabetics
Annual Eye Exams are absolutely required for those diagnosed as diabetic and pre-diabetic! Our state-of-the art technology can quickly and easily detect subtle changes related to blood sugar spikes and reveal important information related to the health of your blood vessels throughout your body. A full report will be provided for you and your pcp. Call or schedule your yearly exam today!
- Diabetic Retinopathy and Eye Disease
Annual Eye Exams are absolutely required for those diagnosed with both Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes. PREVENTION IS KEY TO PRESERVING GOOD EYESIGHT! Our state-of-the art technology can quickly and easily detect subtle changes related to blood sugar spikes and reveal important information related to the health of your blood vessels throughout your body. IF actual diabetic retinopathy is detected, it is critical that we let your pcp/endocrinologist know so that they can make adjustments to your medication. A full report will be provided for you and your pcp/endocrinologist. Once vision is lost because of diabetic hemorrhaging, it typically cannot be fully restored. Call or schedule your yearly exam today!
- Itchy, Allergy Eyes
For some people, allergies are chronic year-round. For others, it occurs during certain times of the year. In either case, our optometrists can recommend over-the-counter drops or prescribe prescription drops to treat itchy, allergy eyes so that you can get back to doing the things you enjoy doing! Call or schedule an exam today!
- Dry Eye Syndrome
Dry Eyes are often uncomfortable eyes. It can also be the underlying cause of intermittent blur and eye strain. While eye drops can help, it often does not actually address any underlying issues that may be causing the dryness such as eye lid issues, blepharitis, systemic issues, and more. Advanced technologies and new research are now enabling doctors to differentiate between the different types of dry eyes and put together a treatment plan that is specific for your situation. Call or schedule an exam today!
Not seeing well? Things more blurry? Dull? Difficulty seeing at night? Then you may have cataracts – a clouding of the lens inside your eye! A simple exam by one of our eye doctors can determine in a simple prescription change will help or if you would benefit from cataract surgery. Either way, we will make sure you have the information and options to make the choice that is right for you!
Call or schedule your yearly exam today!
- Macular Degeneration
As a person gets older, their eyes can sometimes develop a serious, sight-threatening condition like macular degeneration. Diagnosed in
its early stages, various treatment regimens can slow down or even reverse some of the vision loss. However, if the disease is allowed to progress, permanent vision loss can rob a person of independence and quality of life. Do not let this happen to you or a loved one! Call or schedule your yearly exam today!
This disease is often called the “silent sight killer.” A person with Glaucoma often has no symptoms like eye pain or blurred vision. But, high eye pressure (or normal pressure with anatomical anomalies) can be subtly killing-off the nerve cells in the back of your eye and reducing your field of view. If this disease is left undetected and untreated, a person will slowly go blind. PREVENTION IS KEY! Medications and simple outpatient surgical interventions can dramatically slow down the disease progression, but nothing will restore the vision that has been lost. Do not let this happen to you or a loved one! Call or schedule a yearly exam today!
- High Blood Pressure & Ocular Manifestations
All of our comprehensive eye exams check the health of the eyes – including the presence of eye problems related to high blood pressure. Damage to the blood vessels and tiny hemorrhages can only be seen in detail in the back of the eye. These changes do not only damage your eyesight, they can signal the potential for a stroke or heart attack. Do not let this happen to you or a loved one! Call or schedule a yearly exam today!
- Autoimmune Disease & Ocular Manifestations (Lupus, Multiple Sclerosis, etc.)
All of our comprehensive eye exams check the health of the eyes –
including the presence of eye problems related to autoimmune
disease. Extreme dry eye can be the result of an autoimmune
disorders (Sjogren’s, rosacea, etc.). Multiple Sclerosis flare-ups can cause optic neuritis. Additionally, many of the drugs used to treat autoimmune conditions (Plaquenil, Gylena, Prednisone, etc.) can adversely affect the eye. Your eyes are not an “isolated organ.” Our eye doctors will coordinate your eye care with those of your other healthcare specialists. Treating the whole person, particularly with autoimmune problems, is important. Call or schedule an exam today!
- Lazy Eye, Amblyopia, and Strabismus
Sometimes a child may have an eye that turns in or out. Sometimes,
they may have a more subtle problem where one eye does not see well compared to the other. If you notice your son or daughter’s eye turning – or if you see a lot of eye rubbing, covering of one eye, or head turning – these can be a sign that your child is having problems. Most often, a simple pair of glasses may correct the issue – without the need for surgical intervention. While strabismus and amblyopia are considered “vision problems,” they are also considered eye “health” or medical problems. Because of this, your child’s exam may be covered by your major medical and/or your vision insurance. More than a screening in a pediatrician’s office, a comprehensive eye exam will make sure that your child is not only seeing well, but that their eyes are focusing properly and working together as a team.
Call or schedule an exam today!
This is a condition where the layers of the cornea begin to bulge – creating an abnormal astigmatism that is difficult to correct using glasses. Specialized contact lenses like scleral or mini-scleral lenses can comfortably cover the distorted area and restore vision to a
diseased eye. Our eye doctors are experienced with fitting these specialty lenses. We also coordinate your care with area specialists – and refer those who may benefit from innovative treatments like corneal collagen cross-linking.
Additional Information and Resources
Our doctors attend many hours of continuing education every year in order to stay current with the latest research, theories and technology that will help them better serve our patients.
For additional information on various eye diseases and their treatments, please check out the following resources:
- Dry Eye: National Eye Institute: Facts About Dry Eye
- Diabetic Eye Care: American Diabetes Association: Eye Care website
- Cataracts: American Optometric Association: Cataracts
- Macular Degeneration: American Macular Degeneration Association
- Low Vision Resources in Milwaukee, WI: Vision Forward Milwaukee
- High Blood Pressure & the Eyes: US National Library of Medicine
- Autoimmune Disease & the Eyes: Ocular Manifestations of Autoimmune Disease
- Glaucoma: The Glaucoma Research Foundation
- Amblyopia & Strabismus: American Optometric Association
- Keratoconus: Cornea Research Foundations of America