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Oakville, ON / 905.847.3937

Red Eye & Emergency Care

Red Eye

Red Eye is a condition that occurs when the blood vessels that sit between in the sclera (the white portion of our eye) and the overlying clear conjunctiva of the eye become inflamed. When this happens the sclera may appear to be tinted red or pink, or squiggly red or pink lines may appear on it.

Symptoms of Red Eye

There are a variety of symptoms associated with red eye, which can occur in one or both eyes. Common symptoms include:

  • Irritation
  • Burning
  • Itching
  • Dryness
  • Pain
  • Discharge
  • Watery eyes
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Blurry vision

Red Eye Causes

Red eye can be caused by a variety of environmental or lifestyle-related reasons, or because of specific eye problems. Red eye is most commonly caused by allergies, wearing contacts too often, eye fatigue, or common eye infections such as conjunctivitis.

Common environmental causes for red eye include:

  • Dust
  • Chemical exposure (such as chlorine in a pool)
  • Smoke
  • Airborne allergens (such as pollen or animal dandruff)
  • Dry air (such as that found in offices, airplanes, or arid climates)
  • Airborne fumes ( such as gasoline or airborne solvents)
  • Air pollution
  • Overexposure to sunlight without UV blocking sunglasses

Red eyes can also be caused by common eye problems, both minor and serious.

Minor eye problems:

  • Dry eyes
  • Eye allergies
  • Pink eye (conjunctivitis)
  • Contact lens wear
  • Digital eye strain

Serious eye problems:

  • Eye infections
  • Eye trauma or injury
  • Recent eye surgery (such as LASIK or cosmetic eye surgery)
  • Uveitis
  • Acute glaucoma
  • Corneal ulcer

Emergency Eye Care

Your vision is one of your most valuable assets, so it is important to keep it safe. Even a minor eye injury can have devastating consequences for your vision. If you are experiencing an eye emergency call Abbey Eye Care right away or proceed to the nearest hospital.

If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms you should seek medical attention straight away:

  • Vision loss
  • Corneal abrasion
  • Eye pain
  • Chemical contact
  • A sudden onset of floaters
  • Foreign object
  • Shower of flashes
  • Visual disturbances
  • Sudden, unrelenting blurring of your vision
  • Tunnel vision
  • Warped vision

Common Eye Emergencies and First Aid

The most common eye emergencies include chemical contact and corneal abrasion, as well as getting objects stuck in our eyes. Here are some first aid steps to take should you experience any of the following common eye emergencies.

Your eyes are incredibly sensitive and can be easily irritated or damaged. Should you get any chemicals in your eye you need to flush your eye immediately. Locate the nearest source of cool, clean water and flush your eye for at least fifteen minutes. It is important that you flush your eye for the entire fifteen minutes so that you can be sure there are no residual chemical traces in or around your eye that can cause additional damage.

Once you have finished flushing your eye for the full fifteen minutes seek medical attention.

Corneas (the thin film that covers the iris and pupil portions of the eye) are extremely delicate and can be easily damaged. A scratch from a branch or an impact from a ball or other item can damage your cornea, making it vulnerable to infection.

If you think you might be experiencing a corneal abrasion do not rub your eye. Rubbing may make the situation worse by moving the debris around and causing more damage. To try and dislodge the debris you should gently rinse your eye with clean, cool water and then seek professional medical attention.

If there is an object lodged in your eye proceed to the nearest hospital immediately. Make sure you do not rub your eye since this could cause further damage.

If there is an object trapped between your eye and your eyelid do not try and pick it out. Instead, flush your eye with plenty of clean, cool water to try and dislodge the object. Do not rub your eye. Once you have dislodged the object seek medical attention immediately.

Visit Us in Oakville for a
Complete Eye Care Experience

Abbey Eye Care looks forward to serving you and your family. Our office is located on the Southeast
corner of Dundas and Third Line.

Abbey Eye Care

D15, 2501 Third Line
Oakville, ON, L6M 5A9

Contact Information

Phone: 905.847.3937
Fax: 1.866.356.2790
Email: [email protected]

Clinic Hours

Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday: 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday: 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Friday: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday: Closed

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