Urgent Care For Eye Emergencies

Rajat Shetty, OD -  - Optometrist

Astoria Park Eyecare

Rajat Shetty, OD

Optometrist & Contact Lens Specialist located in Astoria, NY

One in four visits to the emergency room for eye problems are not actually emergencies. If you have a problem with your eyes, most of the time you will receive higher quality, more affordable care through urgent care with an optometrist. Rajat Shetty, OD, of Astoria Park Eyecare in Ditmars, Astoria, offers urgent care visits, including weekend appointments, to address your immediate eye concerns and help you avoid overcrowded hospital emergency rooms. Use the online scheduling tool or call the New York City practice to book an appointment today.

Urgent Care Q & A

What is urgent care?

Urgent care is designed to provide eye injuries or illnesses in need of immediate care, but not so serious as to require the hospital emergency room. Some eye injuries and concerns fall into the urgent care category of medicine. 

Astoria Park Eyecare offers a unique level of flexibility for patients via phone, email, and weekend appointments to manage eye and vision-related emergencies and concerns.

Emergency signs or symptoms that require immediate attention are:

While most problems with eyes can be addressed by Astoria Park Eyecare, even urgent needs, there are some situations where you should visit the emergency room, including:

Sudden vision loss

A sudden loss of vision or blindness can be caused by a variety of potentially dangerous conditions, such as a detached retina, central retinal artery occlusion, or anterior ischemic optic neuropathy.

Floating or flashing lights

If you see things floating in your vision or experience flashing lights, visit the emergency room. Both of these experiences can signify retina problems such as detachment, tearing, or peeling.

Foreign objects in the eye

If you experience a foreign object in your eye, you should always seek emergency medical care to have it removed. Trying to remove it yourself or waiting to schedule an appointment can result in further damage to your eye.

What eye symptoms warrant an urgent care visit?

Your eyes are extremely sensitive organs and they can become infected or irritated quite easily. Eye infections and irritation are common reasons to call Astoria Park Eyecare for an urgent care visit. 

Your eyes are examined to determine the cause of eye problems and the best treatment. If you have any of the following symptoms, call the practice or schedule an urgent care visit:

  • Eye discharge (particularly green or yellow colored)
  • Itching eyes
  • Watering eyes
  • Light sensitivity
  • Blurred vision


Some eye infections require antibiotics or special ointments to kill the bacteria or fungi causing the problem. An exam of your eyes determines the severity of your eye issue and the best course of treatment for the infection, illness, or injury. 

Use the online scheduling tool or call the practice to schedule an appointment for urgent eye care today.