Dealing with an eye emergency can be a terrifying experience. But sometimes we aren't certain if what we're experiencing constitutes an emergency. Here are a few things to better help you determine if what you're going through with your eyes or vision necessitates emergency care in Calgary.
Eye emergencies come in all shapes and sizes. What a lot of people don't know is that they're Calgary optometrist is well-equipped and able to handle most eye emergencies that occur. They can also triage your eye emergency and if necessary coordinate a trip to the emergency room for situations that require more urgent care. Here are a few situations and scenarios that would classify as an eye emergency:
- Sudden loss of vision in either eye or part of your vision
- Flashes of light, or new and persistent presentation of floaters (little specks or cobwebs that float around in your field of vision)
- Extreme light sensitivity along with significant eye pain
- Red eye with discharge, painful eye
- Injury to the eye, or foreign body in the eye
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How to Tell if You're Dealing with an Eye Emergency
If you find yourself experiencing any of the above symptoms you should visit your Calgary optometrist immediately. They will be able to triage your eye emergency and can provide referrals to ophthalmologists or other surgeons should your situation require advanced care. By going to your optometrist for an eye emergency, you'll receive specialized care emergency rooms are not usually able to provide. You'll also get emergency eye care much quicker and won't tie up the important but limited resources our emergency departments have.
Don't Try to Treat It Yourself
If you believe you're suffering from an eye emergency, the last thing you should do is attempt to treat it yourself. Eye emergencies have wide-ranging implications and could be an indication that something even more serious is going on with your health. While it can be tempting to try and alleviate your discomfort when suffering an eye emergency, make sure you never do the following if you find yourself in such a situation:
- Put pressure on your affected eye or rub it
- Attempt to remove any foreign bodies that may be stuck in your eye
- Use any tools such as tweezers in or around your eye
- Apply any types of ointments or medications in your eye
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How to Prevent Eye Injuries or Emergencies
Eye emergencies or injuries can sneak up on you when you least expect them. One of the most common activities that produces a lot of eye injuries or emergencies would be sports. Especially those which feature a lot of contact such as hockey, football, or basketball. But an eye injury can occur anywhere, work and home included. Here are some tips to help prevent them from happening:
- Always wear protective eye wear while using power tools around the house or when playing sports
- Always follow the labels and instructions closely when using cleaning supplies or chemicals
- Do not let young children touch any sharp objects
- Have your kids wear eye protection if they're playing with projectile toys such as Nerf guns
- Blunt any sharp corners in your house to make it more childproof
In the end, it's better to err on the side of caution and visit your Calgary optometrist anytime you experience a sudden change to your vision or begin experiencing discomfort. If it's nothing, they'll send you home with some advice or tips. But if it truly is an eye emergency, you'll receive the urgent care you need to keep your vision intact.
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