Often Preventable; Rarely Reversible
If you are experiencing an eye care emergency, please call one of our locations or proceed to the nearest emergency room for medical assistance. Depending on the severity of the situation, we can offer you advice over the phone, try and fit you in for an emergency appointment, or advise you to seek medical attention at your nearest emergency room.
If our offices are closed, please proceed to your nearest drop-in clinic or emergency room.
What is an Eye Emergency?
An eye emergency is any situation in which your vision or eye health could be severely compromised. Some examples of an eye emergency may include:
- Ocular trauma (being poked, scratched or hit in the eye)
- Foreign object or chemical in the eye
- Sudden onset vision loss
- Sudden onset double vision
- New flashing lights, floaters or blind spots in your vision
- Eye pain or excessive light sensitivity
- Extreme watering or discharge
- An eye that is bleeding or severely bruised
- Severe allergic reaction
When in doubt, don’t go without! If you suspect you may have injured your eye or are experiencing any type of eye emergency, always err on the side of caution. It’s much better to go for an emergency appointment and find out nothing is seriously wrong than avoid seeking help and potentially compromise your vision or eye health.