Our eyes are incredibly delicate, so even a seemingly minor scratch or impact could have serious consequences for your eye health and vision if left untreated.
If you or someone you know is experiencing an eye emergency, please call Dorchester Optometry right away at 519.268.6875 for a same-day emergency appointment or proceed to the nearest emergency room.
Seek Immediate Medical Attention for the Following Symptoms
If you experience any of the following symptoms, you should seek immediate medical attention.
- Eye pain
- Swelling in or around your eye
- Foreign object in your eye
- Sudden onset of flashes or floaters
- Sudden vision loss
- A scratch on the surface of your eye (corneal abrasion)
- Significant ocular discharge
If you get any chemicals in or around your eye, you should seek immediate medical attention.
Eye Emergency First Aid
If you or someone you know is experiencing one of the following eye emergencies, you should use the first aid strategies suggested below and then seek medical attention.
If there’s something embedded in your eye: Don’t rub your eye and don’t attempt to remove the object on your own as this could cause further damage. Instead, contact Dorchester Optometry at 519.268.6875 or proceed to the nearest emergency room.
If something is trapped between your eye and eyelid: Don’t rub your eye, as this may cause further damage. You may be able to remove the object by flushing your eye with clean, cool water. Don’t attempt to remove the object with your fingers or a pair of tweezers. Even if you’re able to remove the object by flushing your eye, you should still seek medical attention right away.
The cornea is the thin, transparent membrane that covers your iris and pupil. This tissue is incredibly delicate, and even a light impact or a small scratch could cause serious damage and leave your eye vulnerable to infection.
Corneal abrasions are incredibly painful. If you suspect you have a corneal abrasion make sure you don’t rub your eye. If there’s any debris on your eye or under your eyelid, rubbing can move it around and cause further damage. Contact Dorchester Optometry right away at 519.268.6875 or proceed to your nearest emergency room.
Chemicals can cause significant damage to your eyes and compromise your vision. If you get any chemicals in your eyes, you should flush your eyes immediately using clean, cool water. Flush your eyes continuously for at least 15 minutes, even if you begin to feel better before the full 15 minutes has elapsed. Rinsing your eyes dilutes the chemicals and removes them from your eyes and the surrounding area.
Once you’ve finished flushing your eyes continuously for 15 minutes, you should contact Dorchester optometry at 519.268.6875 or proceed to the nearest emergency room.
Floaters are microscopic pieces of protein floating around in your vitreous, the clear gel-like fluid that fills our eyes, and they are normally no cause for concern. As we get older the floaters float more freely since our eyes are becoming less viscous, therefore making them more noticeable in our vision.
However, if you start seeing a shower of floaters after flashes of light, this could mean that you are experiencing a retinal tear or retinal detachment. If left untreated, this can lead to permanent vision loss. Please contact Dorchester optometry immediately at 519.268.6875 if you are experiencing these symptoms or proceed to your nearest emergency room.
Red eyes are actually quite common, and often are not a cause for concern. Irritated and red eyes can be caused by allergies, inflammation or an infection and can cause secondary sensitivity to light, and blurry vision. However, red eyes can be early warning signs of something far more serious and might need immediate attention.
Some eye infections that can cause redness include but aren’t limited to: conjunctivitis (pink eye), fungal keratitis, and acanthamoeba keratitis. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, please contact Dorchester Optometry at 519.268.6875 or proceed to your nearest emergency room.