What to Do for Eye Emergencies in Victoria

The Victoria Optometric Association's optometrists are equipped to handle eye emergencies in Victoria. An event is considered to be an eye emergency if there's a foreign object or harmful chemical in your eye or an injury takes place in or near your eye. Optometrists often see these kinds of eye emergencies:

  • Eye infections
  • Cuts or lacerations
  • Sports-related injuries
  • Foreign particles stuck in the eye
  • Eye discomfort from a chemical exposure
  • Allergic or adverse reactions to contact lenses, food and beverages and more


If there's extensive trauma to your eyes, visit your local emergency room right away. And as always, you don't need to have a referral from a medical doctor to see your optometrist.


When to See Your Eye Doctor in Victoria, BC

Please see your eye doctor in Victoria, BC if you or a family member is experiencing any of the following symptoms:

  • Eye bulging
  • Severe headache
  • Light sensitivity
  • Double vision
  • Enlarged pupil
  • Blurring of vision
  • General eye pain
  • Redness or irritation
  • Bruising around the eye
  • Excessive itching
  • Eyelids are stuck together
  • Discharge from the eye
  • Burning or stinging sensation
  • One eye is not moving like the other one is


When there is a serious eye injury, sudden vision loss or bleeding, please visit your local emergency room. If any of the above symptoms are happening to you, don't attempt to drive yourself anywhere. You run the risk of harming yourself or someone else. Call a friend, family member or a cab if need be!


Eye Emergency Tips from Your Optometrist in Victoria

When an eye emergency occurs, you should always seek treatment from a professional. Before you call your optometrist, make sure you DO NOT do any of the following:

  • Rub your eye or put any pressure on it
  • Try to remove foreign objects with tweezers or any other tools
  • Apply medications or ointments to your eye


If something is stuck in your eye, try blinking and flushing it out with cool water. Make sure to wash your hands before touching your eye and attempting to carefully remove the particle; if it's a large object, leave it where it is and see immediate help.


For chemical burns, turn your head so the injured eye is down and to the side, flush your eye with cool water for 15 minutes and try to carefully remove your contact lenses. You should then seek immediate help.


The best way to avoid eye emergencies is to be extremely careful! Use protective eyewear during sports or activities where debris or contact could cause damage and always avoid placing sharp objects near your face. If an accident does occur, visit your optometrist or local emergency room.

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