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Shelburne Primary EyeCare is Prepared for Emergencies

At Shelburne Primary EyeCare, our primary focus is you and the health of your eyes. And sometimes, the health of your eyes is in sudden danger. We want to make eyecare as approachable and available to you as possible. That’s why we keep emergency appointments open every day; so we have the opportunity to be there for you when you need us.

Contact us about what emergency times we have available today. Preserving your precious gift of sight is our top priority.

Common Eye Emergencies

The eye is one of the most vulnerable organs in the human body. As such, eye injuries are very common. Any time you experience an eye injury, you should seek emergency care. Things like chemical splashes to the eye, embedded objects, corneal scratches, and eye infections are all excellent reasons to pursue medical attention. But sometimes you don’t actually injure your eye; Sometimes you just start experiencing symptoms.

If you’re experiencing migraines with visual disturbances, you should come see us. Any time you notice a sudden influx of floaters, particularly when paired with repeated flashes, it indicates a big problem that requires immediate attention. If you suddenly experience full or partial loss of vision in one or both eyes, you need to see a doctor. A good rule of thumb to follow is that any time your eyes or your vision change suddenly, you need to get help right away.

What to Do Before Coming In

In some cases, the first few minutes after an injury are crucial. In those situations, there are a few steps you should take before coming in for emergency eyecare.

If this foreign object is something smooth like an eyelash, you may be able to remove it yourself.

If the object is jagged or has sharp edges, do not try to touch it or remove it with anything, especially tweezers. Try to flush it out with saline. If it won’t come out, see a doctor to have it removed.

If the object has actually penetrated the tissue of the eye, do not attempt anything. Seek medical attention right away.

Anytime your eyes come into contact with chemicals (even something commonplace like glass cleaner), it’s crucial that you immediately rinse out the eyes. If there is an eyewash station available, use that. If not, a shower or sink will do. The water should be cool.

You may find that your eyes no longer feel irritated after about a minute of flushing. Even so, you must continue to flush out the eyes for at least 15 minutes. This will ensure the chemical has been thoroughly cleaned out and cannot cause any further damage. From there, you need to see a doctor to have your eyes examined and the damage assessed.

Most Eye Injuries Are Avoidable

Our mission is to protect and preserve your precious gift of sight. That’s why we carry a variety of safety, sports and speciality eyewear options. Visit us in office, and ask us how we can help keep your eyes safe for work or play.

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Come see us on First Avenue, across from the Post Office and the Legion.


207 First Avenue East,
Shelburne, Ontario L9V 3J9

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