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Eye Emergencies (Pink/Red Eyes)

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Are you Suffering from Burning Red, Pink or Sore Eyes?

At Mississauga Vision Centre and Brampton Vision Centre we are ready to look after ALL of your eye care needs in one location. In addition to the services you already rely on us for such as routine eye exams, contact lenses, designer frames and eyeglasses – we should be your first stop in Brampton and mississauga for eye emergencies such as:

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

Do you require a referral to see a specialist of optometry?

No, you needn’t bother with a referral, and optometrists can frequently see you that same day. Our convenient locations are cost effective for your whole family and you can be sure you are receiving the attention of an eye care specialist.

Are expenses connected with visits to an optometrist for critical care issues covered?

Health coverage of critical care providers differs by province. Contact your optometrist near to Thornhill, ON learn more about how critical care services are covered under your provincial medical insurance plan.

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Eye Emergencies

We are always willing to help, should you ever experience an eye emergency. Our offices provides emergency services for eye infections, eye injuries and other eye urgencies. State of the art equipment allows us to examine the front surface of the eye and also digitally scan inside the eye for infection or damage.

Studies have shown that an overwhelming number of emergency room visits could have been treated by an optometrist. These ranged from foreign bodies to severe eye allergies to eye infections as the most common reasons for emergency room visits. It is not always necessary to go to an emergency room for eye emergencies. Optometrists are equipped to treat the majority of eye emergencies.

We understand the importance of eye care when you encounter symptoms such as those listed above. These are signs that an immediate evaluation or consultation is necessary – please call us to set one up if you are experiencing an eye emergency of any kind.

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Foreign Body Removal

A foreign body is something such as an eyelash, sawdust, sand, or dirt can that gets into the eyes. The main symptom is 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 an inflammatory cascade, resulting in dilation of the surrounding vessels and subsequent edema of the lids, conjunctiva, and cornea. If not removed, a foreign body can cause infection.

If anything is stuck in your eye for more than a period of a couple of hours, you must immediately cease all attempts to remove it yourself. Keep in mind that the eyes are an extremely delicate organ and any attempts to try anything extraordinary with them can only have negative and adverse results. If the foreign body you are talking about is not bothering you too much, then you are advised to visit an eye doctor to take care of it. If not you may need to call to emergency service of your region.

If there is a foreign body in your eye, such as a piece of grit, your eye doctor may try and remove it. They will put anaesthetic eye drops in your eye first, in order to numb it and prevent any pain.

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 wiping it away with a cotton wool bud or triangle of card. However, if this is unsuccessful, your eye doctor may try and remove the foreign body by lifting it out with the tip of a small metal instrument.

The foreign body could be stuck underneath your upper eyelid, especially if you can feel something there, or you have scratches or grazes (abrasions) on the top half of the transparent outer layer of your eye (cornea). If this is the case, it may be necessary to gently turn your eyelid inside out in order to remove the foreign body.

Once the anaesthetic eye drops have worn off, your eye may feel a bit uncomfortable until your abrasion heals.

Whatever is happening with your eyes or if you suffer or even suspect that a foreign body has penetrated the outer eye layer better go without delay to the nearest treatment center. Doing nothing can lead to loss of vision, premature cataracts and damage to the retina so do not take any chances, delay is dangerous.

I am Experiencing Eye Pain. Eye Emergency or Not?

Has the following ever happened to you?

One morning, out of the blue, you wake up with severe eye pain. You felt fine the night before and you think to yourself, “Is this something that will pass on its own, or should I treat this is a genuine eye emergency?”

Eye pain is very common and usually includes at least some of the following symptoms:

  • Headaches
  • Discharge from the eye
  • Nausea
  • Red or pink eyes
  • Your eye is crusted shut

Without a doubt, your eye doctor can determine the source of the eye pain and prescribe the right course of treatment.

The first question to ask is, where does it hurt? Here are a few likely options:

  • Cornea – the clear part of the eye. Note, this is the area where most eye pain occurs.
  • Sclera – the white part of the eye.
  • Eyelids
  • Behind the Eye

The next important question is, what is the likely source of the pain? Again, here are a few likely options:

    • A foreign object such as a piece of metal, wood, dust or dirt.
    • A contact lens can cause discomfort and eye pain
    • A corneal abrasion is a scratch on the surface of the eye.
    • A corneal infection usually results in discharge from the eyes, swollen eyelids or an itching or burning sensation.
    • Dry Eyes
    • Styes, which are lumps that form near the edge of the eyelid.
    • Sinus infections can cause eye pain, causing pressure to build directly behind the eye.

While there is no one answer as to whether you are experiencing an eye emergency or not, it is best to contact your eye doctor as soon as possible in order to investigate the underlying cause of your eye pain and decide upon the proper course of action or treatment.