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Would you go to the neighborhood er (not hospital, its a satellite only er) or an urgent care?

Posted by on Mar. 30, 2014 at 3:51 PM
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You know when you see a bright flash of light and for a few moments you can't see because all you see is the bright light? Well I didn't do anything that should cause that but I've had that bright light for 20 minutes already.

I can't see very well and since its Sunday I can't get into an eye doctor so should I go to the neighborhood er or an urgent care clinic?
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LyndaLoo78
by Bronze Member on Mar. 30, 2014 at 3:53 PM
You should go to the hospital affiliated ER immediately. Visual disturbances can indicate neurological problems.
lucky2Beeme
by Emerald Member on Mar. 30, 2014 at 3:55 PM

ER they will call in an ENT to see you ! Good luck

Ivsleep
by Bronze Member on Mar. 30, 2014 at 3:55 PM

Do you get migraines?  I get classic migraines with scotomas in my eyes which look like a bright light with zig-zags.  Usually lasts about 20 to 30 minutes and then goes away and then is followed by a nasty headache.  Some people get the scotomas only with no headache, also known as an ocular migraine.

Roxygurl
by Sapphire Member on Mar. 30, 2014 at 3:56 PM
No I've never had a migraine.

Quoting Ivsleep:

Do you get migraines?  I get classic migraines with scotomas in my eyes which look like a bright light with zig-zags.  Usually lasts about 20 to 30 minutes and then goes away and then is followed by a nasty headache.  Some people get the scotomas only with no headache, also known as an ocular migraine.

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by on Mar. 30, 2014 at 3:56 PM
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Ivsleep
by Bronze Member on Mar. 30, 2014 at 3:59 PM

They will not call an ENT doctor in to see you.  If they have concerns of something neurological, you most likely will get a CT scan.  They would call an ophthalmologist in a true ocular emergency, such as a retinal detachment, which can cause sudden flashes of light, but that usually happens in elderly patients, or diabetics.

Quoting lucky2Beeme:

ER they will call in an ENT to see you ! Good luck


lucky2Beeme
by Emerald Member on Mar. 30, 2014 at 5:09 PM


Quoting Ivsleep:

They will not call an ENT doctor in to see you.  If they have concerns of something neurological, you most likely will get a CT scan.  They would call an ophthalmologist in a true ocular emergency, such as a retinal detachment, which can cause sudden flashes of light, but that usually happens in elderly patients, or diabetics.

Quoting lucky2Beeme:

ER they will call in an ENT to see you ! Good luck


  Maybe where you are but here in Boston they would call an ENT. They did for my brother in law. He had retinal deteachment.

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Ivsleep
by Bronze Member on Mar. 30, 2014 at 5:30 PM

I'm not trying to be bitchy, but an ENT is an ear, nose, and throat doctor.  They do not treat retinal detachments anywhere in the country, that is not their specialty.  I hope he turned out ok, and I hope op's symptoms resolved.

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