Your Go-To for Emergency Eye Care
Our optometrists are ready to respond to your eye care emergency. Please contact us immediately if your eye care emergency happens during our clinic hours. If we’re not available right away, please go directly to an emergency room, or call 911.
Common Eye Injuries
A corneal abrasion is a scratch on the outer surface of your eye. It might be caused by dust, dirt, or other debris. In many cases, these scratches heal on their own in a day or 2 as long as you take proper care of them.
However, if the debris in your eye is suspected to be glass or another human-made material, you’ll require immediate medical attention.
Signs of a corneal abrasion include:
- Eye pain
- Excessive tearing
- Gritty feeling in eye
- Light sensitivity
- A headache
In addition to calling your eye care professional for specific advice, you can:
- Rinse your eye with clean water or a saline solution.
- Blink to remove any remaining small particles.
- Don’t wear your contacts until your eye has healed.
Never rub your eyes if you suspect a corneal abrasion.
Object in the Eye
Do not rub your eyes and seek immediate medical attention for an object in the eye if:
- It can’t be removed by rinsing the eye
- if anything is visibly lodged in the eye
- if pain or the sensation of something in the eye continues for 24 hours
For minor cases of an object in the eye, such as sand or dirt, rinse the affected area with lukewarm water using either a cup or standing in the shower. If possible, remove any contact lens from the affected eye, as debris could be stuck to the lens.
If you develop a black eye, pain, or vision changes after even a light blow to the eye area, which may indicate a retinal detachment. Please contact your eye doctor immediately.
In general, following a blow to the eye area, apply an ice pack to the affected area, but do not apply any pressure.
Eye Injuries at Home
Whether you’re doing housework, making repairs, or just tossing a baseball around with your family, eye injuries can happen at home. About 90% of eye injuries can be prevented simply by wearing protective eyewear. Other precautions you can take around the home include:
- Keeping low-hanging branches trimmed.
- Inspecting your lawn before mowing and snowy surfaces before snow-blowing.
- Keeping your tools in good condition.
- Not mixing cleaning chemicals.
- Keeping toys for older kids away from young children.
- Washing your hands after housework or yard work, and avoid touching your eyes.
Workplace Eye Injuries
Most workplace eye injuries can be prevented by wearing eye protection. Depending on your industry, your protective eyewear may need to be CSA-certified. Ensure your safety eyewear fits well and assess your workspace for hazards.
We offer high-quality prescription and non-prescription safety eyewear in our optical store.
Find us just off Broadway and John in the little white standalone building.
- 230 Broadway
- Orangeville, ON L9W 1K5
- Phone: (519) 941-3770
- Email: [email protected]
Hours of Operation
- Monday: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
- Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
- Wednesday: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
- Thursday: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
- Friday: 8:30 AM – 2:00 PM
- Saturday: Closed
- Sunday: Closed
We are closed from 1 PM to 2 PM from Monday to Thursday for Lunch.