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Emergency Eye Care

Providing Emergency Eye Care Services In Calgary

Our Northwest & Southwest Calgary optometrists are always willing to help, should you ever require emergency services for eye infections, eye injuries and other eye urgencies. Ocular emergencies can arise at any time and it's best you don’t try to judge the severity yourself, but rather seek the opinion of an eye doctor to minimize the risk of permanently affecting your vision. We are able to examine the front surface of the eye and digitally scan inside the eye for infection or damage using modern equipment.

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This short video stresses the importance of knowing the hazards at home and in the workplace regarding your eyes. In this video, we review a few actual incidents where people lost part or all of their vision, along with one whose vision was saved by safety eyewear. 


We accommodate many eye emergencies such as

  • Eye infections
  • Eye trauma
  • Foreign materials stuck in the eyes
  • Scratched eyes
  • Red or painful eyes
  • Flashes of light in the vision
  • Lost or broken contact lenses or eyeglasses
  • “Floaters” in the vision
  • Dislodged contact lenses
  • Uncomfortable, itchy, or irritated eyes

It is not always necessary to go to an emergency room for eye emergencies, and studies have shown that an overwhelming number of emergency room visits could have been treated by an optometrist. The most common reasons for emergency room visits include foreign bodies in the eye, severe eye allergies and eye infections.

When you encounter symptoms such as those listed above, an immediate evaluation or consultation is advisable. Please call Blink Eyewear if you are experiencing an eye emergency of any kind.

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Foreign Bodies

A foreign body, such as an eyelash, sawdust, sand, or dirt, can get into the eye and cause irritation or pain. Depending on what it is and how the injury happened, the foreign body may pierce the eye and cause serious injury or it may simply go away with no long-term problem.

The foreign object may set off a cascade of events resulting in dilation of the surrounding vessels, and subsequent edema of the lids, conjunctiva, and cornea. If not removed promptly, a foreign body can cause serious infection.

If anything is stuck in your eye for more than a few hours, you must immediately stop trying to remove it yourself. The eye is an extremely delicate organ and any attempts to try anything extraordinary can have seriously adverse results.  

 

How Can An Eye Doctor Help?

If there is a foreign body in your eye, such as a piece of grit, our Creekside, West Springs or Crowfoot eye doctors may try to remove it. First, they will place anesthetic eye drops in the affected eye to numb it and prevent any pain. Your eye may feel a bit uncomfortable once the anesthetic eye drops have worn off but that will diminish as your abrasion heals.

If the foreign body is easy to get to, it may be possible to remove it by simply rinsing your eye with water, or by gently wiping it away. However, if this is unsuccessful, your eye doctor may try and remove the foreign body by lifting it out with a small instrument.

If something becomes trapped underneath your upper eyelid, or you have scratches or grazes (abrasions) on your cornea, we would likely have to gently turn your eyelid inside out to remove the foreign body.

If you suspect a foreign body has penetrated the outer eye layer, or are experiencing any unusual symptoms, please call our West Springs officeCreekside office or Crowfoot office for further instructions. Doing nothing can lead to loss of vision, premature cataracts and damage to the retina, so don't take any chances.

 

Eye Safety – Safety Eyewear – Eye Injury Prevention

Some symptoms that require emergency service include, but are not limited to:

  • Sudden loss of vision
  • Foreign body in the eye (especially metal or chemicals)
  • Pink Eye
  • Sudden double vision
  • Sudden red/painful eye
  • New or worsening swelling or pain after eye surgery
  • New onset flashes and/or floaters

 

While waiting for professional medical assistance, please do not:

  • Press on an injured eye or allow the victim to rub the eye(s)
  • Attempt to remove a foreign body that is resting on the cornea (the clear surface of the eye through which we see) or that appears to be embedded in any part of the eye
  • Attempt to remove an embedded object
  • Use dry cotton (including cotton swabs) or sharp instruments (such as tweezers) on the eye

 

Red, Pink or Sore Eyes?

In addition to the services you already rely on us for such as routine eye exams, contact lenses, designer frames and eyeglasses – think of us first for:

  • Sore, red, or itchy eyes
  • Treatment of “pink eye” and other bacterial infections
  • Removal of foreign bodies from the eye (such as wood or metal)
  • Treatment of eye allergies or burns
  • Emergency eye care
  • Post-surgical follow-up

At Blink Eyewear we are ready to look after ALL of your eye care needs. 

 

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If you experience loss of vision, double vision, swelling, infection or any eye emergency, call any of our West Springs, Creekside or Crowfoot offices for further instructions. This is convenient and cost-effective for your whole family and you can be sure you are receiving the attention of one of our eye doctors. We are here for you.

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