Urgent Care Specialist

River North Eye Center

Nighat Mona Khan, MD

Ophthalmologist located in River North & Near Southside, Chicago, IL

When you need urgent care for an eye problem, it’s important that you don’t delay. Trying to ignore an urgent problem like severe eye swelling, sudden vision changes, or a foreign object in your eye could potentially lead to long-term eye damage. Count on Mona Khan, MD, a highly skilled ophthalmologist at River North Eye Center in Chicago, for the care you need just when you need it most. Use online booking or call the office today to schedule an urgent appointment.

Urgent Care Q & A

When is an eye problem urgent?

An urgent eye issue is one that can't wait until your next regularly scheduled eye appointment – or even until the next day. Some of the eye emergencies that the providers at River North Eye Center treat include:

  • Foreign body in the eye
  • Burst blood vessels in the eye
  • Burning in the eyes
  • Severe stinging in the eyes
  • Extreme eye-watering that won't stop
  • Sudden blindness or partial blindness
  • Severe eye swelling
  • Sudden vision changes

If you're unsure whether your eye issue needs urgent care, call River North Eye Center right away for guidance.

How should I handle an eye emergency?

Calling River North Eye Center right away should be your first step. The River North Eye Center team is highly experienced in the handling of urgent-care situations and will fit you into their schedule to see the doctor as quickly as possible.

If you're having a severe eye problem and you're coming in to see a doctor, there are a few things to be careful about:

  • Remove your contacts if you can
  • Don't put your (or anyone else's) finger in your eye if something's stuck there
  • Flush your eyes with water only
  • Don't add any eye drops or other substances to your eyes
  • Don't fix a cover over your eye

If it's daytime or if you're light-sensitive, wear a pair of dark sunglasses when you're on the way to River North Eye Center for treatment.

How will the doctor examine my eyes?

When you come in with an urgent eye problem, your provider will do a thorough slit lamp exam. In a slit lamp exam, you rest your chin on a curved shelf, while your forehead touches a vertical panel. This keeps your head stable so they can examine your eyes in detail.

River North Eye Center often uses special eyedrops so your provider can see the most during for a cornea exam. To do a complete retina exam, they might dilate your eyes using eyedrops. Through this highly detailed exam, your provider can diagnose your eye problem and then prescribe the appropriate treatment.

At River North Eye Center, you’re seeing a medical doctor, so your treatment’s covered by your insurance. The practice sees adult patients exclusively. Call or use the online booking tool now to get in touch with the River North Eye Center team.