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Eye Emergencies (Pink/Red Eyes)

Red, Pink or Sore Eyes?

Appointments OJ checkmarkWe 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 - think of your Optometrist first for:

  • sore, red, or itchy eyes
  • treatment of "pink eye" and other bacterial infections
  • removal of foreign bodies from the eye (such as wood or metal)
  • treatment of eye allergies or burns
  • emergency eye care

This is convenient and cost effective for your whole family and you can be sure you are receiving the attention of an eye care specialist.

Eye Emergencies

Galgary Eye Exam Emergency

Professionals at Browz Eyeware Eyecare will provide you with all the services necessary to satisfy your eye care needs. We will take care of your prescriptions, periodic eye examinations, contact lenses and eyeglasses (with an extensive selection of designer frames!). With multiple locations in Alberta’s Calgary area, we are also here for you in the event of any unfortunate eye emergencies.

Emergency Eye Care

Our clinics are fully equipped with contemporary, advanced technology that allows us to closely examine the front surface of your eyes, as well as conduct digital scans of the insides of your eyes. The professional optometrists on our staff can skillfully treat emergency eye infections and injuries.

Eye allergies, foreign objects in the eye and eye infections are most commonly to blame for emergency visits to the hospital. Yet it’s not always imperative to rush to the emergency room for these problems. Our optometrists are trained and qualified to treat many eye emergencies. In case of emergency, a visit to a Browz Eyeware Eyecare clinic is both cost-effective and convenient.

Symptoms that Need Medical Attention:

  • When you see flashes of light
  • When “floaters” go past in your vision
  • When a foreign object scratches the eye, or gets stuck in it
  • Infections, such as “pink eye”
  • Trauma to the eye, including burns
  • Allergic reactions in the eye
  • Itchy, red, uncomfortable, irritable or painful eyes
  • Sudden loss of vision, in one or both eyes
  • When contact lenses become dislodged or broken

It is critical not to delay when seeking treatment for an eye emergency. If you experience any of the above symptoms, please contact us immediately.

Removing a Foreign Body from the Eye

Irritation and redness will occur when a foreign object invades your eye. It doesn’t make a difference if the object is a wood shaving, piece of grass, sand or an eyelash. This foreign body will first prompt an inflammatory response, and your eyelids, conjunctiva and cornea may exhibit swelling. Infection will often follow if the object remains for a long period of time.

Frequently you will be able to remove or rinse the object out of your eye on your own. In these cases, the discomfort generally dissipates and the problem resolves itself with no further adverse complications. Yet if a few hours go by and the object is still stuck, it’s time to consult an eye care professional. Keep in mind that each unsuccessful attempt you make at removing the foreign body risks damage to delicate eye tissues.

If you are experiencing acute pain, it is recommended to visit your local hospital emergency room for treatment. If the discomfort is mild, contact your optometrist or eye care clinic for a consultation.

Important:  Immediate treatment is critical when a foreign object has penetrated the outer eye layer. Go to your eye care clinic or nearby treatment center as soon as possible, in order to prevent retinal damage, loss of vision or premature cataracts.

Medical Removal of the Foreign Object

When the foreign object is easy for a doctor to reach, it is often removed by simply wiping the eye’s surface with some cotton. Numbing anesthetic eye drops are often used before this procedure, to prevent any pain. An eye rinse is another medical method used to flush out foreign particles.

When the foreign object is more stubborn or complicated to extract, your doctor may use a small, specialized metal instrument to facilitate removal. In addition, if abrasions are noticed on the top half of your cornea, it may be necessary for your doctor to gently flip your eyelid. This allows examination beneath the eyelid for any less-visible foreign body that got stuck.

A great deal of eye injuries heal without incident or pain, yet a degree of discomfort is normal to feel after the eye drops wear off.

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