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Helping You Protect & Preserve Your Vision

An eye emergency can happen at any time, so it’s important to know what to do to help protect your vision.

Eye emergencies include injury to the eyes or surrounding tissues caused by foreign objects, chemical splashes, trauma, or burns. If you experience symptoms like swelling, redness, or pain after sustaining an eye injury, seek immediate medical attention.

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Symptoms of Eye Emergencies

Eye emergencies can happen for a variety of reasons and often occur rapidly and unexpectedly. They can also develop over time from an untreated infection or illness, so it’s crucial to undergo regular eye exams to maintain and monitor your ocular health.

Common symptoms of an eye emergency are:

  • Loss of or significant changes in vision
  • Double vision
  • Burning or stinging
  • Different sized pupils
  • 1 eye not moving like the other
  • 1 eye sticking out or bulging
  • Eye pain
  • Redness & irritation
  • Light sensitivity
  • Bruising
  • Bleeding
  • Discoloured or excessive discharge
  • Severe itching
  • New or severe headaches

If any of these symptoms develop suddenly or you’re experiencing severe pain, swelling, bleeding, or vision loss, go to your nearest emergency room.

If possible, try to go to Misericordia Urgent Care Centre.

Types of Eye Emergencies

To help protect your vision and ocular health, perform emergency first aid and call 911.

Chemical injuries can occur home or at work, so awareness of your surroundings and knowing how to handle chemicals safely can help protect your eyesight.

Cleaning products, garden chemicals, or industrial products can get into your eyes and cause significant pain and damage. Aerosols or fumes can also damage your eyes, so you should always be careful and know the risks before using any chemical products.

If you get chemicals or fumes in your eyes, you should:

  • Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water to remove any chemicals on your hands.
  • Flush your eyes with clean water from the tap for 15 minutes. You can also use the shower if you find it more comfortable.
  • If you’re wearing contact lenses, try to remove them.

If you’ve got something in your eye, it can damage your eyes and affect your vision. Small objects like dust, sand, and debris can create significant irritation, so knowing how to remove them properly can save you discomfort and pain.

If you have something in your eye that won’t go away on its own, you should:

  • Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water.
  • Try blinking several times to clear the object from your eye.
  • If you can’t get the object out, gently pull your eyelid away from your eye to look underneath the top and bottom lid.
  • Use artificial tears to help rinse out the debris.
  • If debris is stuck to your eyelid or eye drops aren’t helping, try flushing your eye out with clean, cool water.
  • If you can’t remove the object, give us a call.

Shards of glass, metal, or organic material can become embedded in your eye and cause serious damage. If something becomes stuck in your eye or eyelid tissues, leave it where it is and do not try to remove it.

Large objects stuck in or around your eye is a medical emergency. Do not apply pressure and seek medical attention immediately.

If you’ve had something hit you in the head, neck, or face, you should visit your doctor as soon as possible. Black eyes and trauma to the head can cause serious damage to your eyes and brain, so visit the emergency room as soon as possible to have your health examined.

Preventing Eye Injuries

Accidents can happen even to the most cautious people. It’s important to understand the risks of any activity to prevent potential injuries.

Here are some tips to minimize the risk of eye injuries:

  • Always wear protective eyewear when using power tools or playing high-contact sports.
  • Follow all directions and understand the risks when using chemicals or cleaning supplies.
  • Keep sharp objects away from and out of reach of young children.
  • Use caution when playing with projectile toys, like darts or pellet guns.
  • Use discretion when cooking with grease or oil.

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