Our sight is invaluable, and our eyes are incredibly delicate. Even a seemingly minor problem or injury can have severe consequences for your eye health and vision.
If you are experiencing an eye emergency, please call Okotoks Eyecare immediately at (403) 938-4300 for an emergency appointment or proceed to the nearest emergency room.
Seek medical attention immediately if you experience any of the following symptoms:
You should also seek immediate medical attention if you get chemicals in or around your eye.
Some eye emergencies are more common than others. If you or someone you know is experiencing one of these common eye emergencies, here are some first aid strategies you can use before seeking medical attention.
If there is something embedded in your eye: Do not rub your eye and do not attempt to remove the object on your own. Attempting to remove the object or rubbing your eye could cause further damage. Instead, contact Okotoks Eyecare or proceed to your nearest emergency room.
If there is something trapped between your eye and your eyelid: Do not rub your eye as this may cause further damage. You may be able to remove the object on your own by flushing your eye with cool, clear water. Do not attempt to remove the object using your fingertips or a pair of tweezers. Even if you are able to flush the object out of your eye, you should still seek immediate medical attention.
The cornea is the transparent layer that covers your iris and pupil. This delicate tissue is extremely sensitive, and even a small scratch or a light impact can cause significant damage and leave your eye vulnerable to infection.
Corneal abrasions are extremely painful. If you suspect you may have sustained a corneal abrasion, you should not rub your eye. Rubbing your eye may move debris around, causing further damage. Contact Okotoks Eyecare immediately or proceed to the nearest emergency room.
Chemicals can cause significant and even permanent damage to your eyes and compromise your vision. If you get chemicals in your eye, you should flush your eye immediately using cool, clean water. Flush your eye continuously for at least 15 minutes.
Even if your eye begins to feel better before you have finished the full 15 minutes, you should continue to rinse your eye. Rinsing your eye dilutes and removes the chemicals from your eye and surrounding area.
Once you have finished flushing your eye with water for at least 15 minutes, you should contact Okotoks Eyecare at (403) 938-4300 or proceed to the nearest emergency room.
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