Our Eye Doctors Provide Urgent Eye Care in Mississauga, ON
Eye emergencies can be both painful and scary. When left untreated, many types of eye injuries or eye infections can lead to more severe complications or potential vision loss. That’s why it is critical to seek emergency eye care as soon as possible. Fortunately, our experienced, professional optometrists in Mississauga, Ontario, provide medical treatment for a wide range of eye emergencies. It’s not always necessary to race to the emergency room – our compassionate eye doctors are here to help!
What is an eye emergency?
The most typical reasons that our Mississauga patients visit for immediate eye care are corneal scratches, irritation from a foreign substance, eye injury, extreme eye allergies, eye infection, and foreign objects stuck in the eye.
No matter what you need, our optometrist will use cutting-edge diagnostics to evaluate your condition and specialized equipment to provide optimal treatment. If you suffer any type of eye emergency, you’ll be in good hands with our top-notch skill and modern technology. Contact us immediately to schedule an eye exam.
What are common symptoms of an eye emergency?
It is essential to familiarize yourself with some of the symptoms of an eye emergency, so you know when to contact us for urgent care:
- Painful, irritated eyes
- Stinging or burning
- Foreign body lodged in your eye
- Burns on your eye or eyelid
- Sudden vision loss
- Double vision
- Sudden changes in pupil size
- New “floaters” in your field of view
- New sensitivity to light
- Seeing flashes of light
- Dark shadows moving across your vision
Vision is valuable, and it’s never worthwhile to take risks with your eyes. If you experience any of the above symptoms, contact us for an urgent eye exam. If we detect any signs of a serious medical condition that may require an ophthalmologist or eye surgeon, we’ll refer you to a top specialist in the Mississauga, ON, region. Do not wait – immediate treatment can prevent complications with your vision!
What are the symptoms of an eye infection?
Symptoms will vary from patient to patient, however the typical signs of eye infections that we diagnose in our Mississauga clinic include:
- Painful eyes
- Red eyes or eyelids
- Watery, yellow, green,or bloody discharge from the eye
- A white or gray sore on the iris
- Sensation of something stuck in the eye
- Blurry vision, or other vision changes
- Fever, with no other cause
- Increased sensitivity to light
What causes pink eye and other eye infections?
Eye infection is caused by viruses or bacteria. A variety of culprits can raise your incidence of infected eyes, such as:
- Many foreign substances or objects (even something small or mild) can irritate your eyes, and eye irritation puts you at an increased risk of infection.
- A surface scratch on your eyelid or cornea can also develop into an infection.
- Wearing contact lenses that were not cleaned and disinfected properly
If any of these symptoms occur, you may need treatment with antibiotic eye drops or ointment. We recommend that you contact our optometrist as soon as possible for emergency eye care.
What is a corneal abrasion?
A corneal abrasion is the official, fancy term for a surface scratch on your eye. This eye injury can be caused by many common objects, such as sand blowing into your eyes, a paper edge, your child’s fingernail, or a tree branch snapping into your face. Most of the time, the scratch will heal itself without intervention. However, sometimes the scratch can develop into an eye infection.
In the event of a corneal abrasion, you may suffer pain and redness, blurry vision, tearing, and/or a headache. Rinse your eye with saline or water, and take care not to rub it or insert contact lenses until it is healed. Contact our eye doctor in Mississauga for assistance and to book an eye exam. We will evaluate your ocular condition to decide if treatment is needed.
What if a foreign object gets stuck in my eye?
Your eyes are very sensitive and delicate. When any foreign body gets lodged in your eye, you’ll feel irritation – even if the item is as tiny as a grain of sand. In reaction to this offensive object, the blood vessels of your eyes will dilate, causing a bloodshot appearance. Your cornea, eyelids, and conjunctiva (mucous membrane over the eye), may also become inflamed. The longer the foreign object remains in your eye, the higher your chance of eye infection.
Beware: If you think the foreign object penetrated the outer layer of your eye, do not attempt to remove it on your own! It is critical to seek medical care for this type of eye emergency. Waiting too long can lead to possible eye complications or vision loss. Contact our Mississauga eye doctor immediately for guidance.
Tips for foreign body removal at home:
If a grain of sand, dirt particle, eyelash, or other mild object is stuck in your eye, follow these steps for how to remove it safely:
- Wash your hands well with soap.
- Look at your eye closely in a mirror to locate the object
- Blink and squeeze your eyes tightly to allow your tears to rinse the object out naturally. Be careful not to rub your eye!
- If the object is stuck in the corner of your eye or under your lower eyelid, it may be helpful to use a damp cotton swab to remove it.
- If the object is stuck behind your upper eyelid, pull your upper lid over your lower eyelid gently. Then roll your eye upwards, which may push the object off the upper lid.
- Rinse your eye with lukewarm water
If your attempts to extract or flush out the foreign object do not work, call our Mississauga eye doctor for immediate help! Your persistent attempts to remove the object may injure your delicate eyes.
Our optometrists are experienced in foreign body removal, and we have many specialized devices for this purpose in our office. Sometimes, we will insert numbing eye drops before removing the object, so that you do not experience additional discomfort.
We offer emergency eye care in Mississauga, Ontario, for eye injury, eye infection, foreign body removal, and many more ocular problems that demand urgent treatment.