Your vision is key to your overall quality of life, so you don’t want to risk losing it. Even a small injury can have serious consequences. If you have an ocular emergency, call Queensway Optometric Centre at (905) 848-2020. We can see patients for emergency appointments on short notice, so please don’t wait!
If the emergency occurs outside of office hours, please present yourself to the nearest emergency room.
You should seek immediate assistance if you are experiencing:
Some eye injuries happen more frequently than others. Queensway Optometric Centre is dedicated to keeping you and your eyes healthy. Here are a few first aid steps you should take if you experience any of these common eye emergencies.
Our eyes are incredibly sensitive. If anything gets in our eyes, it can cause irritation and even damage. Should you get any chemicals in your eyes, make sure you flush your eyes immediately. Using the nearest source of cool, clean water, flush your eye for at least 15 minutes.
Even if your eyes begin to feel better after only a few minutes, it is imperative that you continue to flush for the entire fifteen minutes so you can be sure all residual traces of the chemical have been washed away from your eyes and ocular area. Any chemical traces that remain can cause damage later.
Your cornea is the front surface of your eye, the thin film that covers your iris and pupil. Like other areas of your eye, it is incredibly delicate and can be easily damaged. A scratch or impact can make your eye vulnerable to infection.
If you experience a corneal abrasion, do not rub your eye. This may make the situation worse by moving the debris around and causing more damage. Instead, gently rinse your eye with clean, cool water to remove any debris and then seek professional medical attention immediately.
If there is an object embedded in your eye do not rub your eye or attempt to remove the object as this may cause further damage. Instead, proceed to the nearest hospital immediately.
If there is a loose object trapped between your eyelid and your eye, or resting on the surface of your eye you should avoid rubbing your eye. Instead, you should attempt to dislodge the object by flushing your eye with clean, cool water. Once you dislodge the object, seek medical attention. You should not try to remove the object using your fingers or a pair of tweezers, as this may cause further damage. If you cannot remove the object by flushing your eye seek medical attention immediately.
While there are many different causes for red or bloodshot eyes, it can be important to distinguish between these sudden symptoms and what is usually referred to as “pink eye” – inflammation as a result of allergic, bacterial, or viral causes.
Red eyes can be caused by factors that are purely environmental or appear as an unfortunate side effect of an already existing eye condition. These can range from something as simple as dust or smoke to more complex afflictions like corneal ulcers.
Have you ever experienced the annoying and distracting “eye-floater”? These are not usually cause for alarm – however, if you are consistently experiencing vague specks drifting across your field of vision, and especially if these are accompanied by sudden flashes, you should contact a medical professional as soon as possible.
These symptoms could be an indication of vitreous detachment, a condition that could lead to retinal detachment. If you are unsure whether your eye floaters are cause for concern, please contact us for an emergency eye care assessment.
Our practice is conveniently located across the street from the Trillium Health Partners Mississauga Hospital.
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Sometimes you need to see the optometrist right away. If you have an ocular emergency, call our office at 1(905) 848-2020. We can see patients for emergency appointments on short notice, so please don’t wait!