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