Our goal is to enhance and protect our community’s most precious sense: its vision. Even a seemingly minor injury can have serious consequences. If you are having an eye emergency call Barrhaven Optometric right away at (613) 825-3931 or proceed to the nearest emergency room.
You should seek immediate medical attention if you are experiencing:
Some eye emergencies happen more frequently than others. Here are a few first aid strategies you can employ if you experience any of these common eye emergencies.
The thin film that covers your iris and pupil is called your cornea. It is incredibly fragile and can be easily damaged. Even a small scratch or impact can be painful and can make your eye vulnerable to infection.
If you are experiencing a corneal abrasion, do not rub your eye. Rubbing can move the debris around, causing further damage. The best way to attempt to dislodge the debris is to rinse your eye thoroughly with cool, clean water. Then call Barrhaven Optometric or proceed to the nearest emergency room.
Our eyes are incredibly sensitive, so chemical contact can cause significant damage. If you get any chemicals in your eye, you should flush it immediately with cool, clean water for at least 15 minutes.
Even if your eye begins to feel better after only a few minutes, it is essential that you continue to flush it for the entire 15 minutes. This will help ensure that any residual chemical traces have been washed away from your eye and ocular area. Any chemical traces that remain can cause additional damage later on. Once you have completed flushing your eye call Barrhaven Optometric or proceed to the nearest emergency room.
If there is a foreign object embedded in your eye do not rub your eye or attempt to remove the object as this could cause further damage. Instead either call Barrhaven Optometric or proceed to the nearest emergency room.
If there is a loose object trapped on the surface of your eye you should avoid rubbing your eye. Instead, you should attempt to dislodge the object by flushing your eye with clean, cool water for at least 15 minutes. Once the object is dislodged, you should seek immediate medical attention.
Do not try and remove any object from your eye using your fingers or a pair of tweezers, as this can make the situation worse. If you cannot remove the object by flushing your eye, you should seek immediate medical attention.
Whatever your eye care needs, we would love to help you. Head to our location on Fallowfield Road next to The Greenbelt Family Health Team.