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Eye Emergencies

When to Seek Medical Care

In most cases, if you have continuing symptoms of pain, visual disturbance, or bleeding, you should go to an ophthalmologist (a medical doctor who specializes in eye care and surgery).

In general, if you are not sure if you have a serious eye injury, call your ophthalmologist for advice.

Calling your ophthalmologist may be helpful in the following circumstances:

Chemical exposures: If you are not sure if the exposure is potentially serious, you have washed out your eye, and you have few symptoms, then your ophthalmologist may be able to help you decide whether or not you should be seen immediately.

Subconjunctival hemorrhage: If you are not sure that you have this condition, your ophthalmologist may be able to help with the diagnosis. This condition does not require immediate medical attention.
 
Continuing pain and decreased vision after an eye injury can be warning signs that require prompt medical attention. If you have an ophthalmologist, he or she may be able to take care of you in the office. Otherwise, go to a hospital's emergency department.

The following conditions should be seen promptly by an ophthalmologist or in the emergency department:

Chemical exposures: If the substance was known to be caustic, immediate medical evaluation by either an ophthalmologist or in the emergency department is needed, regardless of symptoms. Acids and alkalis are the worst and require immediate attention. If the substance is not dangerous, such as soap or suntan lotion, a visit to the emergency department is not necessary, but a visit to the ophthalmologist's office may be helpful to alleviate any remaining symptoms. When in doubt, seek medical attention.

Lacerations: Cuts that affect the eyelid margins (where the eyelashes are) or the eyeball itself need immediate medical attention. Foreign bodies that are not removed with gentle washing should be evaluated by an ophthalmologist.

Solar retinopathy: Evaluation by an ophthalmologist is necessary. This is one condition where there is little that can be done in the emergency department.

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Due to the coronavirus, the Clinic is closed as mandated by our Provincial College. Our office will be closed AT LEAST until April 2nd, 2020 or further notice.

If you have an eye emergency, the following eye care provider is still providing urgent care: IRIS Chinook Mall at 403-253-0118 please to call arrange an appointment.

If you have traveled outside Canada within the last 14 days or have been in close contact with confirmed or probable case of COVID-19 and /or have a new fever, cough, runny nose, sore throat or shortness of breath please call 8-1-1, and do NOT go to the emergency room.

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