Head or eye injury

Head or eye injury

If you have a head or eye injury, it’s important to seek medical care immediately. These types of injuries can affect your ability to see properly, which could result in driving accidents, falls and other serious consequences. Even if you’re not experiencing any symptoms from an injury, it’s still important to get treated so that damage is prevented as best as possible. And when in doubt about your symptoms, don’t hesitate to ask for help—even if you think something might be nothing. You may end up saving yourself a trip back to urgent care by taking preventative measures now.

As soon as you notice any signs of a head injury, call for help. Loss of consciousness (even if temporary), persistent vomiting, severe headache, and extreme confusion or disorientation all indicate a possible concussion—and it’s better to be safe than sorry. If you can’t wake someone who has lost consciousness—or if he/she is still vomiting after 15 minutes—call 911 immediately. Try to avoid moving that person around unnecessarily; if you need to leave him/her alone in order to call for help, try not to go far away. Keep any objects that may have caused an injury nearby and be ready to tell paramedics about them when they arrive.

If you’ve experienced a head injury, don’t wait around for symptoms to worsen. Instead, go straight to your nearest urgent care center, which are equipped to treat head injuries. And while most urgent care centers can handle relatively minor eye injuries, you should always see an ophthalmologist if you suffer from severe bleeding in your eyes. Wait too long and a cut on your cornea can turn into permanent vision loss.

If you suspect you have a head or eye injury, go to an urgent care center immediately. Trauma to your head, face, neck and eyes can be serious—and while they may not seem life-threatening in many cases, they could lead to long-term problems if they’re not properly evaluated by a medical professional. Urgent care centers are equipped with staff trained in both emergency procedures and primary care. They also have access to diagnostic tools (such as X-rays) that can help doctors quickly identify problems with your eyes, brain and more that are best treated by urgent care professionals. Most importantly, urgent care centers offer 24/7 coverage and immediate treatment for these kinds of injuries.