How to manage eye emergencies in Hong Kong?

The relatively common eye emergencies are retinal detachment, retinal artery occlusion (stroke of eye) and acute angle closure glaucoma, their typical symptoms are as follows:

1) Retinal detachment: Seeing large number of floaters (floating black spots or transparent matters) and frequent flashes
2) Retinal artery occlusion (stroke of eye): Central and painless central vision loss, usually happen on one eye first.
3) Acute angle closure glaucoma: Painful and red eye, blurred vision, headache and nausea

I have done some research in the Hospital Authority webpage (up to Nov 2019) and found out there are seven hospitals in Hong Kong that are with both Eye Specialist Out-patient Clinics and Accident and Emergency (A&E) services, which are shown as follows:

Hong Kong IslandPamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital3 Lok Man Road, Chai Wan, HK2595 7778
KowloonCaritas Medical Centre111 Wing Hong Street, Sham Shui Po, KLN3408 7070
United Christian Hospital130 Hip Wo Street, Kwun Tong, KLN3949 4200
New TerritoriesAlice Ho Miu Ling Nethersole Hospital11 Chuen On Road, Tai Po, NT2689 2999
Pok Oi HospitalAu Tau, Yuen Long, NT2475 8702
Prince of Wales Hospital30-32 Ngan Shing Street, Shatin, NT3505 3316
Tseung Kwan O Hospital2 Po Ning Lane, Hang Hau, Tseung Kwan O2208 0576

To see an Eye Specialists in public hospital, a referral letter from a local registered medical practitioner issued in the last three months is needed. The fastest way obtaining this referral letter is from the A&E medical practitioner, if s/he deemed that you are experiencing eye emergencies, s/he will immediately refer you to the Eye Specialist Out-patient Clinics in the same hospital. If you go to a hospital that only has A&E department without Eye Specialist Out-patient Clinics, you will waste a lot of time to travel to the nearest hospital that are with Eye Specialist Out-patient Clinics. Every moment of any eye emergencies is very critical, hope the above information can help save the valuable moment wisely.

The author is not recommended you abuse the A&E services in Hong Kong hospital, but just provide a way to obtain medical help in case eye emergencies are experienced. If financial situation can support, many private hospitals and eye clinics can also handle eye emergencies properly

Chan Ka Ho, Paco
Registered Optometrist (Part I)

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