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Emergency Eye Care in Leamington & Essex, ON

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Preserving Your Vision in Urgent Situations

Your vision is invaluable, and unforeseen eye emergencies can happen when you least expect them. The eyes are delicate, and even minor injuries or issues demand prompt attention to safeguard your sight.

If you’re facing an eye emergency, whether it’s an infection, injury, or another serious problem, reach out to Erie Shores Eyecare at the following numbers:

  • Leamington: (226) 286-0890
  • Essex: (226) 286-4870

For a same-day emergency appointment, contact us immediately. If our office is closed, proceed to the nearest emergency room for immediate care.

When to Seek Emergency Care

Immediate medical attention is crucial when you experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Eye pain
  • Swelling in or around your eye
  • Sudden vision loss
  • Sudden onset of flashes or floaters
  • A foreign object in your eye
  • A scratch on the surface of your eye (corneal abrasion)
  • Significant ocular discharge

We understand that eye emergencies can be stressful, and our goal is to assist you in preserving your vision and eye health.

What to Do in Common Eye Emergencies

Eye emergencies can arise unexpectedly, and recognizing the signs and taking preliminary steps is vital before seeking professional treatment. Here’s what you can do in some common eye emergency scenarios.

Chemical eye injuries can occur during household chores or work-related activities. Cleaning or industrial chemicals may accidentally come into contact with your eyes through spills or sprays.

If you encounter chemicals in your eyes:

  • Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and cool water.
  • Tilt your head so the affected eye is down and to the side.
  • Hold the affected eyelid open and flush it with clean tap water for at least 15 minutes. You can also do this in the shower.

If you’re facing a chemical-related eye emergency, contact Erie Shores Eyecare or proceed to the nearest emergency room.

Whether it’s dust or a larger foreign object like glass, these can cause discomfort and potential damage. For smaller objects, blinking and artificial tear drops may help. Larger foreign objects require professional care to avoid severe damage. Do not attempt removal yourself. Seek emergency care.

The cornea is a fragile, transparent layer covering the iris and pupil. A scratch, no matter how small, can lead to serious damage and infection. Avoid rubbing your eye, and contact Erie Shores Eyecare immediately or go to the nearest emergency room.

Trauma to the eyeballs or eyelids demand urgent care. Applying a loose bandage can offer temporary protection while waiting for medical attention. Do not apply pressure. Instead, seek professional help immediately.

Your Partner in Eye Emergencies

We understand the anxiety that can accompany an eye emergency. You’re not alone—contact us for a same-day emergency appointment or, if our office is closed, proceed to the nearest emergency room for immediate care.

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