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Visiting Urgent Care for Hearing and Vision TestingFrisco, TX

Hearing and vision testing is often part of the services provided at an urgent care center. Some hearing and vision problems can occur suddenly, and it can be a quite scary time for the affected person. There is never a good reason to ignore an issue with any of your major senses. Doing so can lead to problems that can permanently affect the eyes, ears and even the rest of the body.

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What is hearing and vision testing?

Hearing and vision testing involves the use of simple tests to determine if a person's eyes and ears are working properly. These are safe procedures that can be performed on children of all ages, as well as adults. During a hearing test, certain sounds are played for the patient, and the person is asked to report what they hear. This helps the doctor determine if the person has an issue with their hearing.

Visual tests typically include an examination of the person's eye, as well as an evaluation of their ability to read letters on a vision chart.

How does urgent care come in?

While vision and hearing testing can be performed at an optometrist or otolaryngologist's clinic, patients often have to wait weeks for an appointment. This is typically not a big deal when going for routine hearing and vision testing, but when an emergency occurs, waiting a couple of weeks to find out if there is something wrong with one's vision or hearing is simply not an option.

An urgent care facility provides hearing and vision testing the person needs shortly after they walk into the clinic, and there is no need for an appointment. Urgent care centers are typically open for longer hours than traditional clinics. Some are even open 24 hours a day.

Let us take a look at common issues that require immediate testing.

Vision issues that require immediate testing and treatment

1. An unexplainable, sudden loss of vision

Suddenly losing the ability to see can be a sign of a serious condition like a complete retinal detachment, a central retinal artery occlusion or anterior ischemic optic neuropathy. Heading to an urgent care facility is a smart move when dealing with such an issue. There, the patient can get the testing they need to determine the cause of their condition, as well as the appropriate treatments.

2. Pain coming from or around the eyes

Conditions like acute angle-closure glaucoma, tumors, migraines and trauma can lead to pain around the eyes, while issues like dry eye syndrome, conjunctivitis, eyelid styes and corneal abrasions can lead to pain directly from the eye. Neither types of eye pain should be ignored. Immediate testing and treatment of the issue causing the pain is best for the patient's health.

3. Floating objects or flashing lights in vision

At times, a person might notice objects floating around in their vision or flashes of light. This is often a symptom of the person's retina being detached or torn. When the retina peels off, it tends to move around in the eye, causing the person to see flashes of light or floating objects. Floating objects in a person's vision can also be an indicator of a condition called posterior vitreal detachment. The condition increases the odds of the person's retina being detached, which is a major medical emergency.

4. Light sensitivity and pain after sleeping with contacts

Experiencing sensitivity to light, redness and pain after sleeping with contact lenses on overnight may be a sign that a person has a corneal ulcer. It should be noted that even going to sleep for only a short time while wearing contacts can lead to inflammation of the eyes. A corneal ulcer is a medical issue that can become very severe after a couple of days. Patients are advised to seek treatment immediately if they notice the symptoms of corneal cancer.

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Hearing issues that require urgent care and testing

1. An ear infection

Ear infections are often caused by a virus or bacteria that enter the middle ear. They typically occur when an illness like the flu or cold leads to the congestion and inflammation of the nasal passages, making it more susceptible to an infection.

Other risk factors that can increase the odds of a person's ear becoming infected include:

  • Sinus infections
  • Allergies
  • Colds
  • Tobacco use
  • Swollen or infected adenoids
  • Respiratory issues that lead to excessive mucus production

  • Common symptoms of an ear infection include:

  • Headaches
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Loss of balance
  • Discomfort
  • Fever
  • Fluids coming from the ears

  • Those who experience any of these symptoms should seek urgent care immediately.

    2. Sudden loss of hearing

    This refers to a rapid loss of a person's ability to hear in one or both of their ears. It can occur suddenly in a day or over the course of a few days. Anyone who notices a loss in their ability to hear in either ear is advised to seek treatment immediately. Hearing tests will be used to make a proper diagnosis, and the required treatment will follow.

    A huge number of people fail to seek the treatment they need because they hope the problem will go away on its own, but that rarely happens. Delaying treatment for sudden hearing loss typically makes the treatment less effective. Waiting several weeks to see an otolaryngologist will not help the patient much, since the treatments will not be as effective as they would have been if they had been immediately administered. An urgent care center is often the best place to get the fast treatment the patient desperately needs.

    Urgent care can save your vision and hearing

    Our eyes and ears are a big part of the way most of us interact with the world around us and should never be ignored when they are clearly telling you that something is wrong. Visit our urgent care today to ensure your hearing and vision issues aren't symptoms of a bigger problem.