Your eyes are intricate, delicate, and vulnerable. We take in 80% of information visually, so an eye related incident could be life changing in a catastrophic way.
That’s why we always keep appointment times available for emergencies: so we can be there when you need us.
If you require emergency eye care: do not wait. Contact us immediately, and we’ll help you as soon as we can.
Many eye injuries need immediate response. In the case that you sustain the following injuries, follow these steps right away to minimize the damage and see a doctor as soon as possible.
Do not try to remove the object with tweezers or anything else. Resist the urge to rub your eye or apply pressure. You may want to use a clean cloth to cover the eye while you pursue care. Keep your eye as still as possible and seek medical care immediately.
If you have a cut on, or even near your eye, you need to seek medical attention. You can apply a cold compress to your eye to help with the pain and inflammation, but be careful not to apply pressure.
If any sort of chemical (including cleaning fluids) has made contact with your eye, you need to flush it out immediately. Using an eyewash station, a sink, or even a shower, put the affected eye under a stream of cool water. You may feel instantaneous relief, but it’s important that you continue to rinse your eye for at least 15 minutes to thoroughly clear out the chemical. If you’re wearing contacts and they haven’t come out after flushing your eyes, do your best to remove them. You should then seek immediate medical attention.
Most eye related injuries are avoidable. Whether you’re playing sports or working in the garage, the right protective eyewear could literally save your eyesight. Read more about sport, safety, and specialty eyewear.
As a general rule, if you notice a sudden increase of floaters and flashes, or sudden loss of vision in one or both eyes, you need to seek emergency care. If you know what your condition is and that it isn’t vision-threatening (a stye for example), but still want to see an optometrist, we would encourage you to book a regular appointment so we can keep emergency appointments available for more serious conditions.
You know your body best. If you feel something is wrong with your eyes, contact us.
Come see us for yourself. We’re located Kelowna’s Pandosy Village District, across from Raymer Elementary School.