Your sight is your most valuable possession; do not put it at risk. Our eyes are incredibly delicate, so even a seemingly minor scratch or bump could have very serious consequences for your vision.
If you or someone you know is currently experiencing an eye emergency, please contact Eyesis Eyecare Center right away at 403.259.4888 for a same-day emergency appointment. If our office is closed, please proceed to the nearest emergency room.
Seek Immediate Medical Attention
If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, you should seek immediate medical attention:
- Eye pain
- Sudden vision loss
- Sudden onset of flashes or floaters
- Swelling in or around your eye
- A scratch on the surface of your eye (corneal abrasion)
- A foreign object in your eye
- Significant ocular discharge
If you get any chemicals in or around your eye, you should seek immediate medical attention even if your eye feels perfectly normal.
First Aid for Common Eye Emergencies
Chemical burns can cause severe and permanent damage to your eyes, compromising your vision. If you get any chemicals in your eyes, flush your eyes with cool, clean water for at least 15 minutes. Even if your eyes begins to feel better before the full 15 minutes are up, you should continue to flush your eyes.
Flushing your eyes with water dilutes the chemicals and removes them from your eyes and the surrounding area.
Once you have finished flushing your eyes, contact Eyesis Eyecare Center or proceed to your nearest emergency room.
The cornea is the thin, transparent membrane that covers your iris and pupil. The corneal tissue is incredibly fragile, so even a slight scratch or a light impact can cause serious damage and leave your eye vulnerable to infection.
Corneal abrasions are incredibly painful. If you suspect that you are suffering from a corneal abrasion, it is imperative that you do not rub your eye. Rubbing your eye can move debris around, causing further damage. Instead, contact Eyesis Eyecare Center or proceed to your nearest emergency room.
- If Something is Embedded in Your Eye: Do not rub your eye or try to remove the object on your own. Rubbing your eye or trying to remove the embedded object could cause more damage. Instead, contact Eyesis Eyecare Center right away or proceed to your nearest emergency room.
- If Something is Trapped Between Your Eye & Eyelid: Do not rub your eye, since this could move the debris around and cause even more damage. You may be able to dislodge the object by flushing your eye with cool, clean water.
Do not attempt to remove the object with your fingers or a pair of tweezers as you may make the situation worse. Even if you are able to remove the object by flushing your eye, you should still seek immediate medical attention. The debris may have resulted in a corneal abrasion, which could leave your eye vulnerable to infection.
If you or someone you know is currently experiencing an eye emergency, please contact Eyesis Eyecare Center right away at 403.259.4888 or proceed to your nearest emergency room.