Emergency Eye Care in Airdrie

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Eye emergencies can happen at any time and can be caused by a variety of factors, including trauma, infection, and sudden changes in vision. It’s important to know how to recognize an eye emergency and what steps to take to seek treatment. If you are experiencing an eye emergency, contact us immediately.

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Signs of an Eye Emergency

Some common signs of an eye emergency include:

  • Sudden vision loss or blurring
  • Eye pain or discomfort
  • Sudden onset of flashes or floaters
  • Foreign objects in the eye
  • Chemical exposure to the eye
  • Redness & swelling

If you experience any of these symptoms or situations, call us immediately.

What to Do in an Eye Emergency

If you experience an eye emergency, it’s important to act quickly. Here are some steps you can take:

  • Don’t rub your eye: Rubbing your eyes can make the situation worse, especially if there’s a foreign object in your eye.
  • Rinse your eye: If there’s something in your eye, rinse it with clean water or saline solution. Don’t use anything else, like eye drops or medication, unless instructed to do so by a medical professional.
  • Cover your eye: If there’s something in your eye, cover it with a clean, sterile bandage or gauze to prevent further harm.

Seek medical attention: Call us immediately or go to the emergency room. Getting care as soon as possible is critical for eye emergencies.

Common Eye Emergencies and Treatment

Seek care if you experience any of the following eye emergencies.

Corneal Abrasion

A scratch on the cornea (the clear front surface of the eye) can cause pain, redness, and tears. Treatment may include antibiotic eye drops, pain medication, and a patch over the eye to prevent rubbing.

Exposure to chemicals, such as cleaning products, can cause burning, redness, and tears. Treatment may include rinsing the eye with water, saline solution, or a specific antidote.

If something gets stuck in your eye, don’t try to remove it yourself. Seek medical attention immediately. A medical professional can help remove the object safely and prevent further harm.

Bacterial or viral infections can cause redness, swelling, and discharge. Treatment may include antibiotic eye drops or ointment, antiviral medication, or warm compresses.

Sudden flashes of light, floaters, and vision loss may be signs of retinal detachment, which requires immediate medical attention. A medical professional can provide treatment to help preserve your sight.

Preventing Eye Emergencies

While not all eye emergencies can be prevented, there are steps you can take to reduce your risk, including the following:

  • Wear protective eyewear when participating in activities that could cause eye injuries, such as sports or yard work. 
  • Avoid touching your eyes with dirty hands and practice good hygiene to prevent the spread of infections. 
  • Get regular eye exams to detect and treat underlying conditions that could lead to an eye emergency.

Your Emergency Eye Doctor in Airdrie

Knowing how to recognize an eye emergency and seeking prompt medical attention can help prevent vision loss and other complications. If you experience an eye emergency, don’t hesitate to seek treatment. Contact us immediately or go to the nearest emergency room for assistance.

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