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Eye Emergencies Dos and Don't

Studies indicate approximately 200.000 eye injuries occur every year in Canada alone. Sadly, a large number of these eye injuries lead to loss of vision. Some of the most common eye emergencies include central retinal artery occlusion (CRAO) and retinal detachment.

At The Spectrum Eye Centre our Regina optometrists have an expert level of experience in dealing with ocular emergencies. We have established eye emergency protocols and provide educational information for patients regarding the best ways to proceed should an unfortunate eye injury occur.

Symptoms of Eye Injury

Eye emergencies can cover a wide variety of incidents and conditions ranging from trauma to chemical contact with the eye. Each condition comes with its own distinct symptoms. Ocular emergencies such as retinal detachments, central retinal artery occlusion (CRAO), mechanical globe injuries, and chemical injuries can cause permanent loss of vision if they are not recognized and treated promptly.
DO contact your Regina emergency eye doctor or physician if you have sustained head trauma, if it feels like you have something in your eye, or if you experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Partial or complete loss of vision
  • Burning and/or stinging
  • Sudden and/or extreme sensitivity to light
  • Eye pain
  • Redness and irritation more severe than that associated with common allergies
  • Bruising around the eye
  • Bleeding from the eye
  • Blood in the white part of the eye
  • Severe itching that doesn’t go away
  • Decreased vision
  • Double vision
  • Pupils that are not the same size
  • Pupils that are not dilating properly
  • One eye is not moving like the other
  • An eye is bulging or sticking out
  • Discharge from the eye(s)
  • Headache

What NOT to Do if You Experience an Eye Injury

  • DO NOT rub or apply pressure to your eye.
  • DO NOT try to remove foreign objects that are stuck in any part of the eye.
  • DO NOT use cotton swabs, tweezers, or any other tool on the eye itself.
  • DO NOT remove contact lenses if you think you have suffered an eye injury unless you have sustained a chemical injury and your lenses did not flush out with water, or if you cannot receive immediate medical help. Attempting to remove your contacts can make your injury worse.
  • DO NOT put medications or ointments in your eye.
Don’t Take Eye Injuries Lightly – Consult Your Spectrum Optometrist

When an eye emergency occurs, the best course of action is to seek the professional help of your Regina optometrists for treatment. At The Spectrum Eye Centre our experienced doctors have years of success treating ocular emergencies and the conditions associated with them.
Call our friendly Spectrum emergency eye doctors today at
(306) 761-3937 and get directions to receive the directions to the expert care that you deserve. Your eyes will thank you for it!

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