Emergency Eye Care Q & A

We all value our vision, yet sometimes when we are faced with an eye emergency we do not take it as seriously as it should be. Emergency eye care can arise as a need at any time, due to illness or accident. There are some key areas of concern that should cause you to make an emergency eye exam as soon as possible. If you experience sudden vision loss for any reason at all or if you experience the symptom of double vision all of a sudden, give us a call.Listed below are a few frequently asked questions of urgent and emergency situations and appropriate courses of action.

How should I react to an eye care emergency?

The more an incident endangers your eyes and your vision, the more important it is to obtain immediate medical care. Since you may not know how dangerous your problem might be, consider the worst-case situation until you’re told otherwise by a medical professional. Your eyesight is too important to be casual about.If your emergency occurs during office hours, call the Dr Manzoor Eye Care Centre first. The staff can advise you on your options, which may include an urgent office visit or advice to go to your nearest emergency medical care facility.

What are some of the most common eye emergencies?

Below is a list of common urgent or emergency care problems that affect your eyes, as well as immediate actions you can take, where available while arranging medical care. Please note this is a general first aid guideline and not a substitute for medical advice at the time of your incident.

Abnormal pupil size

Unexplained or sudden changes to your pupil’s size, particularly if only one eye is affected, could be a symptom of a serious condition. Seek medical attention immediately.

Blood in the white of the eye

Called subconjunctival hemorrhage, there’s no first aid treatment. Seek medical care immediately.

Chemical splashes

Flush with cool water for 15 minutes, holding eyelids open. If contact lenses are worn, remove after flushing, if the flushing itself doesn’t wash away the lens.

Cuts to the eyelid

Carefully flush the eye with clean water. If bleeding is present, apply a clean, dry cloth with gentle pressure until the bleeding subsides. Cover with a clean dressing and a cold compress.

Vision loss

Most serious loss of vision causes are painless, but the need for immediate medical care is crucial since there’s usually only a narrow time window for successful treatment.

Foreign objects

Don’t rub the affected eye. If another person is available to help locate the object, you can try gentle flushing. Avoid touching the surface of the eye. Even if flushing is successful, follow up with medical care as soon as possible.

If your issue is during business hours, contact the Dr Manzoor Eye Care Centre for advice.