Jason H. Nakagawa O.D. provides emergency eye care. Our Marina Del Rey, CA, office serves patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If you think you have an eye emergency, call us at (310) 340-6925 right away. We can quickly discuss your symptoms over the phone to determine if you have an urgent medical need.
When to Schedule an Emergency Appointment
Certain conditions and injuries call for an eye doctor's immediate attention:
A corneal abrasion is a scratch on the cornea (the dome-shaped front surface of the eye) that causes redness, sensitivity to light, and general discomfort for the patient. It happens when an object like a debris particle, fingernail, or makeup brush comes into contact with the eye.
Conjunctivitis, or pink eye, is an inflammation of the clear film (conjunctiva) that covers the whites of the eyes (sclera). Patients suffering from pink eye experience redness, discharge, and blurred vision. There are different causes of pink eye. One is bacterial, which is a very dangerous form of the condition. If left untreated, it can lead to vision loss. Another cause is viral, which is extremely contagious.
When in doubt, give us a call at (310) 340-6925 and we can help determine if you are experiencing an emergency.
Retinal detachment is a very serious emergency eye condition in which the retina (the light-sensitive tissue that sends messages to the brain through the optic nerve) pulls away from the wall of the eye. Without prompt care, it can lead to permanent vision loss.
When you break a blood vessel between your conjunctiva and sclera, you may experience red patches on the whites of your eyes. These are subconjunctival hemorrhages. While most clear on their own, some hemorrhages occur as a result of a severe eye infection or trauma to your eye. These need to be treated immediately.
Floaters are spots or cobwebs in your field of vision that can be annoying, but are usually harmless. However, a sudden, rapid onset of floaters can indicate retinal detachment.
Additional Conditions Treated
- Foreign Body Removal
- Stye Removal
- Pink Eye Treatment
- Preseptal Cellulitis
- Orbital Cellulitis
Symptoms That Can Wait until Normal Hours
Just because you have redness, irritation, or swelling in your eyes does not mean you have to worry. These symptoms do not always call for an urgent trip to the doctor. These symptoms could simply be a sign of allergies or other non-contagious eye conditions. However, when in doubt, give us a call and we can help determine if you are experiencing an emergency.
Why Choose Us?
Health emergencies do not keep normal business hours. Fortunately, neither does Dr. Nakagawa or his dedicated team. We are available to our patients on a 24-hour basis and can see you on any day of the week if you need emergency eye care. We understand that these emergencies can be frightening, and we are here to help you determine whether you need an emergency visit. To speak to us about your symptoms, call us at (310) 340-6925 now.
Dr. Jason H. Nakagawa
Dr. Nakagawa has been practicing optometry since 1994. He is a member of multiple prestigious organizations, including:
- American Academy of Optometry
- American Optometric Association
- National Optometric Association
- The National Association of Patient Practitioners
- American Diabetes Association