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Eye Emergencies (Pink/Red Eyes)

Red, Pink or Sore Eyes?

Red, Pink or Sore Eyes?

We are here to look after ALL of your eye care needs. In addition to the services you already rely on us for such as routine eye exams, contact lenses. designer frames and eyeglasses – think of us 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

Eye Emergencies

We are always willing to help, should you ever experience an eye emergency. Our office provides emergency services for eye infections, eye injuries and other eye urgencies. State of the art equipment allows us to examine the front surface of the eye and also digitally scan inside the eye for infection or damage. We accommodate many eye emergencies such as:

  • Eye infections
  • Foreign materials stuck in the eyes
  • Eye trauma
  • Scratched corneas
  • Sudden loss of vision in one or both eyes
  • Lost or broken contact lenses or eyeglasses
  • Flashes of light in the vision
  • “Floaters” in the vision
  • Red or painful eyes
  • Dislodged contact lenses
  • Uncomfortable, itchy, or irritated eyes

 

Studies have shown that an overwhelming number of eye emergency room visits could have been treated by an optometrist. These ranged from foreign bodies to severe eye allergies to eye infections as the most common reasons for emergency room visits. Optometrists are equipped to treat the majority of eye emergencies.

Foreign Body Removal

A foreign body is something such as an eyelash, sawdust, sand, metal or dirt can that gets into the eyes. The foreign object will cause extreme red eyes, irritation upon blink, excessive tearing, light sensitivity and swelling or pain. If not removed, a foreign body can cause an infection and loss of sight.

If anything is stuck in your eye for more than a period of a couple of hours, you must immediately cease all attempts to remove it yourself. Keep in mind that the eyes are extremely delicate and attempts to forcibly remove a presumed foreign body could result in greater damage.

Using a topical anaesthetic and magnifying the object with a slit lamp, foreign bodies are often easy to remove and pain free. Our doctors of optometry will also use some fluorescein stain to see if there is any abrasion or swelling that resulted from the foreign object.

Once the anaesthetic eye drops have worn off, your eye may feel a bit uncomfortable until your abrasion heals. Artificial tears or an antibiotic drop may be prescribed to help with healing.