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Eye Emergencies

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A Visit to Vision Care Centre to Treat Your Eye Emergency Is Almost Always Faster Than a Visit to the Emergency Room.

Types Of Eye Emergencies

At Vision Care Centre, an eye emergency is defined as any issue that has the potential of causing vision loss or something that has recent onset. Conjunctivitis, corneal abrasions, foreign objects impacting the eye, sudden vision loss, retinal detachment, and many more issues are considered emergencies.

Our optometrists are available for same day appointments for emergency calls.

Eye Trauma

Our eyes are extremely fragile organs surrounded by protective bone. However, a full quarter of your eye is exposed, and even minor injuries to that portion can have permanent consequences. In the case of chemical exposure or foreign object impacts, you should immediately call our office for an emergency appointment after applying appropriate first aid.

In cases of chemical exposure, rinsing the eyes thoroughly under running water for at least 15 minutes is recommended before travelling to Vision Care Centre.

If a foreign object has become lodged in, or punctured the eye and is still present in the eye, DO NOT PULL IT OUT. Carefully wrap around the object and stabilize it as much as possible without putting pressure on the eye. Cover both eyes with opaque cloth. Keep looking directly ahead if possible, and do not look around. Call 9-1-1 immediately as this is a medical emergency that may require immediate surgery.

Sudden Loss Of Vision

As one of the five senses, sight is arguably one of the most important. Therefore, any sudden loss of vision in one or both eyes should be treated with urgency by a professional. Sudden loss of vision may occur from such issues as severe migraines to a stroke inside your eye.

The only way to know the difference is to have an optometrist investigate immediately. If the issue is serious enough, referral to a specialist for treatment will be handled by our staff to ensure rapid and effective service is delivered.

Other Types Of Eye Emergencies

Heavy impact to the eyes or ocular bone structure around your eye, such as experienced by boxers or athletes in sports requiring helmets, can cause serious issues, such as pressure buildup inside the eye, and retinal bruising.

As well, a hard enough impact may cause your retina to detach. If you have experienced a sudden impact to your eyes or ocular bone regions and begin to experience changes in your vision, contact Vision Care Centre immediately to arrange for an emergency appointment.

Cuts to your eyes that do not puncture the eye are also considered as emergencies, as infection can very easily enter through the cut and work its way into more vital regions. If you are not sure if your eye has been cut, it is prudent to still book an emergency appointment to make sure.

Important Information to Know:

Eye Injury Prevention

Wearing appropriate eye protection for whatever activity you are performing is the first and best step to preventing eye injury. Something as simple as wearing safety goggles when performing yard work can prevent an injury.

In fact, many of the corneal abrasions or eye impacts we see at Vision Care Centre are the result of items kicked up by lawn mowers, or accidentally impacting a branch or twig when working around trees.

If your workplace mandates eye protection, it is for your own safety and should be worn at all times.

Neuro-Visual Training Testimonials

  • Before beginning my therapy at Vision Care Centre, I frequently struggled with my vision. As a university student, reading and taking notes in lectures were a significant struggle and using my glasses caused great distress. Headaches and motion sickness were very common with and without the use of my glasses. On a routine check-up with Dr. Ramesh, I communicated my concerns and was quickly enrolled in the neuro-visual training program. My wonderful neuro-visual trainer, Kelley would provide me with comprehensive tasks that would both challenge and help me develop understanding and control of my vision. I no longer use my glasses, suffer from headaches or motion sickness and have great confidence in my vision.

    Ben M.

  • We want to thank you very much for all your hard work that went into Alicia's Neuro-Visual Therapy. It has opened Alicia's ability to do so much more both personally and in school, and what means most to us as her parent, we see how confident Alicia is in herself and in her school work. She was always falling down a lot and she always had her head tilted to one side. Now she is focused to get her tasks done on time and the best part, correctly...

    Craig and Nadine P.

  • I would like to thank you and Cristina for working with my son over the past year. They have not only trained his eyes but they provided him with a sense of confidence in his abilities. When we first came for our check up it was only mentioned on the side that his reading was regressing...We knew it had to do with some of his Chronic Lyme Treatment and we did not want things to get worse... We will be forever grateful that our son will not be another statistic of "lost kids" in the school system being medicated to manage behavioral issues which would have undoubtedly arisen the worse his eyes got.

    Sarah S.

  • Before eye therapy school was hard and not fun. School is now easy and I look forward to go to school every day. Eye therapy has helped me be more focused. Eye therapy has taught me how to read, write and learn in a different and better way. Thank you for all your help.

    Chloe T. Age 11

  • I thought overall it was a very fun and difficult experience, the people I worked with are very nice and patient people and around me that’s tough so I would like to thank you a lot it helped so much and you will hear about my achievements. Thank you.

    Nicholas F. Age 13

  • The staff at Vision Care Centre has been amazing while Nicholas has been undergoing his vision therapy. They have been incredibly patient while Nicholas was having some difficult weeks. Over the course of therapy, his focus in school has improved, his headaches have lessened and he has started scoring goals in Hockey again. We feel good and are happy with the whole experience.

    Marisa F. (Mother)

  • The 36 week eye therapy program that Hannah has completed has been a very positive experience. The main benefits have been to teach her how to focus her eyes on a specific task and to have her eyes work effectively with the rest of her body. This has improved her reading, effectiveness and focus at school and her hand eye coordination...

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  • Dear Dr. Ramesh, I am writing to thank you for your persistence and dedication to my daughter. I am so thankful for encountering such an amazing doctor who truly cares about her patients. Back in 2015 when I brought my daughter in for the first time, I was hysterical and scared...

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  • When I started the program, I had trouble focusing and sitting and doing my work. Since I started the 36 week program, this has changed. I focused on getting better grades than I did in grade 2 (now in grade 3). I have got A’s in all subjects this year. Now I can sit and do my work, I am able to focus and I am not always looking around the room at other things. I used to need a ruler to read, now I don’t and I can read better and faster than I used to. I am doing great and have learned a lot through this experience.

    Hannah M. Age 9

  • Before I started Vision Therapy I would get very bad headaches while taking notes in class or studying. Because of the headaches, I wouldn't be able to study very efficiently for as long as I needed...

    Brooklyn K. Age 18 - Read More

  • Before eye therapy I could not write and did not see words properly. Sometimes the words floated around my paper. After eye therapy reading is easier. I can read in a group and follow along. It is also easier to read the board at school. Eye therapy has really helped me and now I know my b's and d's !! Thankyou

    Ella T. Age 10

  • Dr Ramesh, I cannot thank you you enough for giving both my girls the opportunity to do eye therapy. It has been wonderful to see them go from struggling to self confident. I thank you so much for what you have done for the girls. Sincerely

    Christine T. (Mother)

  • Prior to starting therapy Madison had difficulties with spatial awareness, balance, reading (re-reading), low peer interactions at school and difficulty concentrating at home and at school when doing tasks. Madison had many difficulties...

    Tina S. (Mother) - Read More

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