Emergency Eye Clinic

If you have an eye emergency, please call our clinic immediately, (403) 225-5660. If it is after hours, please contact urgent care or your nearest health care facility. Alberta Health Care covers all medically necessary exams with an Optometrist.

The eye is a very delicate and sensitive part of the body that needs to be properly taken care of, and serious injuries need immediate attention.

Emergency services are provided at clinics, eye care centers, and hospitals. In the event of a serious eye injury, it is important to get immediate help, because moments can be the thin line between saving your sight and losing it. An emergency service may require an eye exam if the injury is suffered to both eyes.

Depending on the severity of the eye damage, emergency surgery can be carried out to help prevent permanent damage in a timely manner. It is not advisable to let any form of eye problem go untreated for too long. When it comes to any serious optical injury, time is an extremely important factor, which is why most eye care clinics offer special emergency services.

Note: You can contact your optometrist first if there is an eye emergency as they may be able to help you right away.

Optometrists are specialized in protecting your sight. Your doctor’s direction may include immediate contact with an optometrist to provide valuable insight and to determine if an emergency room visit is necessary for your present eye condition.

In addition, eye injuries are the primary cause of vision loss in children. Ordinarily, these injuries require immediate visits to an eye care specialist. Parents should teach their children about eye safety and encourage them to get used to protecting their eyes, especially during sports-related activities. Ensure that your kids play with age-suitable toys that don't have sharp pieces; this will minimize the risk of eye injuries.

WHEN DO YOU NEED EMERGENCY EYE SERVICES?

For treatment of any of these injuries, an immediate visit to an emergency eye care center within the first few hours should be the first step.

1. Foreign Bodies

Most times, our eyelashes get into our eyes and cause inconvenience, but they sometimes persist. While rolling your eyes and pulling your eyelids softly may help, it could also result in minor damage. Any foreign body in the eye is a risk, and if it cannot be removed, you should contact an emergency eye care center.

2. Chemical Wounds

Chemical burns, such as those from strong cleaning solutions, paints, acids, chemicals, or cement, can cause serious damage to your eyes, especially when the chemical involved is alkaline. When this occurs, hold your eyelids and flush your eye with clean water as soon as you can, then rush to the nearest eye emergency center.

3. Corneal Abrasion

The cornea is the delicate part of your eye, and damage to it can be very painful. Corneal abrasion (a term used to describe an injury to your cornea) is caused by an accidental scratch to the cornea. If the pain doesn’t decrease, visit an eye care professional.

4. Cuts

Cuts received when objects enter and penetrate the eye

5. Cellulitis

eye socket infection which causes pain and inflammation

6. Corneal ulcer

painful sore on the cornea

7. Endophthalmitis

contamination in the interior of the eye which causes extreme pain and impairment of vision

8. Retinal artery occlusion

Caused when the main artery to the retina is blocked, leading to a sudden but painless loss of vision

9. Glaucoma

Sudden increase in pressure in the eyeball, causing pain and reduced vision

10. Hyphema

Bleeding in the front chamber of the eye due to blunt trauma

11. Retinal separation or tear

detached or torn retina causing floaters and flashes

12. Iritis

inflammation in the front chamber of the eye which brings about light sensitivity and redness

13. Lid laceration

A cut on either the lower or upper eyelid or both

HOW TO MINIMIZE THE EFFECTS OF EYE INJURIES THAT LEAD TO EMERGENCY

Though eye accidents cannot be predicted, the effect they have can be drastically reduced with the right eye protection. Using the right eye protection will lessen the severity of all eye injuries. Let us highlight four ways we can minimize the effect of eye injuries.

1. Routine Eye Exam

A routine eye exam is the main factor in maintaining a healthy eye. This is to ensure clear and accurate vision and to make sure that you don't have any serious vision conditions.

2. Use Certified Protective Eyewear

Protecting your eyes is crucial, and making use of the right protective eyewear is important to achieve this. Protective eyewear should be used at work, but also while any other projects that involve particles of debris, wood, or metal are undertaken. Wearing safety goggles and/or glasses while in the workplace can prevent serious eye injuries.

There is a common misconception that eye protection is automatically guaranteed by wearing any set of glasses. However, the lenses used in daily safety glasses are typically not ANSI Z87.1 certified (high impact resistance). The lens of certified safety eyewear must not only meet Z87 standards, but must also withstand an impact, be scratch-resistant, and should stay in place without falling off during movement.

3. Avoid Outdated Glasses

For contact lens and glasses users, it is essential that your eyewear has the right prescription in order to prevent further damage to your eyes. Having outdated glasses can strain your eyes when trying to see – this can be disastrous.

4. Wear Brimmed Hats

For added protection, support your sunglasses with a brimmed hat. Brimmed hats can be very helpful to your eye care because the brims of the hats extend the eye coverage and protect it from direct sunlight. A brimmed hat with at least three inches of brim is recommended. This can obstruct at least 50% of the UV light reaching your eyes and eyelids.

Finally, having a reliable eye care specialist to provide you with reliable emergency care is very important.