Emergency Eye Care
Emergency Eye Care at Brampton and Mississauga
We understand the importance of immediate emergency eye care, and we are committed to providing our patients with the best care. Our locations in Brampton and Mississauga are fully equipped to offer you the best possible help for emergency eye care. We accept walk-ins, same-day eye exam appointments on weekdays, evenings, and weekends.
Common Eye Emergencies
Eye emergencies can vary from a scratch in your eye to sudden blindness. The following is a list of eye emergencies and the recommended steps to take if they occur.
Deep Cuts in the Eye
When a sharp object cuts into the eye, it can cause a deep cut that tears the eyeball. The condition, also called corneal laceration, can be a partial or entire cut through the cornea and requires immediate medical attention.
- If you cut your eye, you should:
- Place something over the eye as a shield to protect it. You can use a bottom part of a paper cup to place around the eye
- Make sure not to rinse the eye with water
- Do not try to remove the object stuck in your eye
- Make sure not to rub or apply any pressure to the eye
- Do not take any anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen or aspirin. These can thin your blood and increase bleeding
Chemical burn in your eye
Most chemical burns do not cause long term harm if treated immediately. But you should always seek medical treatment right away to avoid permanent damage.
Chemical eye symptoms can include pain, redness, irritation, tearing, inability to keep the eye open, a feeling of something in the eye, swelling of the eyelids, or blurred vision.
Until you receive medical attention, you should tilt your head and flush water to your eyes. If you have contact lenses in your eyes, you should remove them too if possible
Swollen or black eye
A black eye is common in sports or accidents. We recommend visiting your eye doctor to make sure there’s no internal damage to your vision.
A light impact on the eye can cause a tiny blood vessel to burst under the eye’s surface.
The popped blood vessel or subconjunctival hemorrhage is a common eye injury. Symptoms include a bright red patch on the white of your eye and/or mild irritation. Broken blood vessels usually heal in 10-14 days. If the condition proceeds over two weeks or if it is happening frequently, we encourage you to contact your eye doctor. Your eye doctor can also provide eye drops to soothe eye irritation.
Scratched eye or corneal abrasions is one of the most common forms of eye injuries and can occur if an object such as a tree branch, paper, a pet scratches your eye.
Typically, corneal abrasion causes discomfort, red and watery eyes, and sensitivity to light. Infection or fungus is a common side effect and scratched eyes should be treated by your optometrist right away.
Treatments for a scratched eye usually include antibiotic eye drops or bandage contact lenses. It’s important to avoid using your regular contact lenses during recovery because of infection risk.
Floaters and flashes
Floaters are small clumps of gel located inside the vitreous in your eye. Shaped like circles, small dots, clouds, or cobwebs, the vitreous can pull on the retina, causing you to experience flashes. This can feel like a flashing light or lightning streaks in your eye.
Eye floaters can irritate you, but should not interfere with your sight. Larger floaters can cast a shadow over your vision in certain types of lights. Usually, you learn to live with this condition but we urge you to seek eye care if the following occurs:
- the condition begins to occur more frequently
- you notice a change in intensity, size or shape
- you see flashes of light
- you lose your peripheral (side) vision
- you develop eye pain
- you experience blurred vision or loss of vision
- The floaters presented alongside an eye or head injury
Sore, red or itchy eyes
Sore, red, and itchy eyes can be a sign of an allergy or wearing contact lenses too long. Usually, this is not a sign of an eye emergency. We can inspect your eyes at our offices in Brampton or Mississaugaand help to find ways to release the symptoms.
Contact lens stuck in your eye
If you struggle to remove your contact lens, you can try closing your eye and massaging your upper eyelid gently until you feel the lens move.
If the lenshas moved off your cornea you can try closing your eye and looking in the direction of the lens a few times to see if it repositions.
If this does not work, you should visit an eye doctor.
Drop by at our eye clinics
If you have an eye emergency, we encourage you to contact us right away. We try our best to accommodate emergency appointment the same or next day. Simply call us at one of our optometry offices in Brampton or Mississauga to book an appointment.
Scheduling an emergency appointment!