We Are Here for You in the Event of an Eye Emergency
Your vision is your most precious sense, and when it is put at risk it is imperative to act quickly.
At Dr. Pink Sidhu and Associates, we will do everything we can to accommodate the same day eye emergency appointments at one of our two locations, but if we are unavailable please proceed to the nearest emergency room. We offer emergency services that require immediate and urgent eye care. If your eye is injured, don’t try to judge the severity of it. Immediately seek the opinion of an eye doctor to lessen the risk of hurting your vision. We understand ocular emergencies can arise at any time.
Please call our office on Weston Road at 416-249-2020 or our office on Overlea Blvd. at 647-265-9392 for further instructions. Use your best judgment. If you feel your vision issue is urgent, do not delay treatment – visit your nearest emergency treatment center.
Common Eye Emergencies
Symptoms that require emergency service include, but are not limited to:
- Sudden loss of vision
- Sudden double vision
- Sudden red/painful eye
- Pink Eye
- New onset flashes and/or floaters
- Foreign body in the eye (especially metal or chemicals)
- New or worsening swelling or pain after eye surgery
Things NOT to do while waiting for professional medical assistance:
- DO NOT press on an injured eye or allow the victim to rub the eye(s).
- DO NOT attempt to remove a foreign body that is resting on the cornea (the clear surface of the eye through which we see) or that appears to be embedded in any part of the eye.
- DO NOT use dry cotton (including cotton swabs) or sharp instruments (such as tweezers) on the eye.
- DO NOT attempt to remove an embedded object.
- DO call our optometry practice in York at 416-249-2020 for further instructions! We are here for you!
Chemical Spills or Splashes
Chemicals in the eyes can cause permanent damage. If you get a chemical spill or splash in your eyes you should immediately flush your eyes with clean, cool water.
Continue to flush your eyes for at least 20 minutes even if you no longer feel any pain or discomfort to be sure you have thoroughly removed all of the chemical from your eyes.
Once you have flushed your eyes for 20 minutes, seek medical attention.
Corneal Abrasion or Foreign Body in Your Eye
If there is foreign body embedded in your cornea, sclera or under your eyelid, leave it alone and seek medical attention immediately. If you have a loose foreign body in your eye, such as dirt, a bug or an eyelash, flush it out with cool, clean water. If the object doesn’t come free you can try removing it very gently with a cotton swab moistened with clean water by carefully tapping it against the object. If that fails to remove the foreign body, it is time to see your optometrist. Never use tweezers or any other tools to poke around in your eyes. You could risk doing even more damage. Seek out the care of a professional.
We are open 7 days a week and offer morning, afternoon and evening appointments. Give our York eye care centre a call and let them know you are experiencing what feels like an emergency, and our optometrists will be glad to see you. If a referral is needed for any surgical intervention or ophthalmology care, we will set that appointment up for you, so that you can focus on getting better! If our clinic happens to be closed, please proceed to the nearest hospital so that someone can triage your eyecare emergency accordingly.
After your visit at our office, we send a report to your family physician so the situation can be included in their medical records and allow for more effective communication between your family doctor, and our office, your new found family eye doctor. For more information about ocular emergency services and urgent care, please contact Pink Sidhu and Associates.