Eye emergencies come in all shapes and sizes, but no matter what sort you are dealing with, you must visit an eye specialist (hello!) immediately. Only expert optometrists can locate the exact source and diagnose the effects of your eye emergency on your overall eye health, so please pick up the phone and give us a call.
Blunt trauma is not uncommon in sports (like an accidental kick to the head, or even a bat) or the workplace, and they must be checked out immediately. If there is an open wound or similar injury which requires surgical attention, go to straight to the emergency room. For bad black eyes or irritating foreign objects in the eye, give us a call so we can give you a full exam.
Many chemical burns can be treated and managed, and quick action can mean your eyesight is not permanently affected. If you experience any kind of chemical burn to your eye:
Chemicals with a high pH level can penetrate into the eye and cause serious, permanent damage to your vision, so swift and immediate action is a necessity.
This is one of the types of illnesses commonly known as pink eye (or red eye) and can be highly uncomfortable. The surface of your eye can become swollen, red, irritated and itchy – do not rub it. It is a very common affliction during the winter months, and symptoms will normally disappear within 2-3 weeks; you usually just have to let things run their course.
We will give you a comprehensive exam to confirm the diagnosis and search for any other eye problems. There are certain management options, such as cold compresses or eye drops, that will help relieve the discomfort from your symptoms. You will remain contagious for up to a week after developing symptoms, so we will also advise on how to limit your chances of spreading the illness to others.
Floaters are a normal part of life, and very common as we age. If you notice a sudden increase in size, quantity or frequency of floaters, this could indicate a serious underlying condition and you should contact us immediately for an exam.
To the contrary, flashes are not a natural occurrence and suggest some kind of internal trauma to your retina or optic nerve, so any flashes should be followed by a visit to our practice, just to make sure that everything is okay.
Occasionally, some people will experience a sudden impairment of vision (or even total blindness). This could be in one, or both, eyes. If this happens to you or anyone you know, time is of the essence and you should give us a call immediately. Our expertise and state-of-the-art equipment make us your best option for diagnosing and treating the problem as quickly as possible.
Frequently, when your vision is lost, it will stay lost. Quick, proactive action is the best way to try and reverse whatever condition has caused your impairment and return your vision to normal.
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London, ON, Canada
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