Emergency Eye Care in Medicine Hat, AB

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Despite our best efforts, accidents happen. If you or a loved one has sustained an eye injury, call us immediately or visit our office. Eye emergencies are very time-sensitive, which is why we accept walk-in patients. If you have been injured outside of office hours and you cannot wait for treatment until we open, please go straight to the nearest emergency room or call 911.

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Symptoms of Eye Injury

Eye injuries can range greatly in severity and can happen at work or at home. Symptoms that can indicate an eye injury include:

  • Sudden change to vision, such as blurriness or double vision
  • Pain around the eye or brow
  • Light sensitivity
  • Redness
  • Swollen eyelids
  • Excessive tearing
  • Headache
  • Bruising or bleeding
  • Excess or discoloured discharge from the eye

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When to Call Us

Some eye injuries, like small scratches, are easily treated at home while others require the help of a medical professional. Eye Solutions can diagnose and treat common eye injuries and help you learn how to protect your eyes. Call us immediately if you experience any of the following:

Chemical burns occur when chemicals like certain household cleaners or industrial chemicals enter your eyes. Acid burns, like those caused by bleach, can cause pain and redness but can be easily washed out with clean water. Alkali burns, like those from drain or oven cleaner, are more serious because they attack the tissue quickly and can lead to permanent vision loss or blindness. If you have sustained a chemical burn, from any chemical, immediately flush your eyes with cool water for at least 15 minutes and then call us.

While small scratches on the eye usually heal on their own, they can still require medical attention. Scratches on the cornea (corneal abrasions) can become infected, which can lead to complications and can put your vision at risk. If you have cut or scratched your eye, don’t rub or cover it – come see us as soon as possible.

It’s common to get a small foreign object like dirt, hair, or sand, in your eyes. These objects can cause irritation, but are often easily removed by flushing your eyes with clean water, blinking, or using artificial tears. Remember not to rub your eyes if you get something in them, as doing so can scratch your cornea.

Large foreign objects, like pieces of metal or glass, can cause serious injury to your eyes. If you have a large object in your eye(s), do not cover your eye or apply any pressure. Most importantly, do not try to remove the object yourself. See us immediately so that a medical professional can remove the object safely.

How to Protect Your Eyes from Injury

You can reduce the risk of injury by following some simple safety procedures at home and at work.

Most of us don’t consider the possibility of sustaining an eye injury while performing routine chores around the house, but 25% of eye injuries happen in the home. You can protect your eyes at home by:

  • Wearing protective eyewear when using power tools or while engaging in extreme sports
  • Carefully following instructions on cleaners, fertilizers, or other household chemicals
  • Using caution when cooking with oils or grease
  • Supervising children when they’re playing with toys or using tools
  • Keeping sharp objects away from small children

If you work in a dusty, dirty, or hazardous environment or around industrial chemicals, you will need to protect your eyes and vision. Some of the ways you can reduce risk in the workplace are:

  • Use protective screens or grids to protect yourself from flying particles
  • Stand behind safety glass or guards on machines protect yourself from splashing chemicals or flying chips
  • Enclose sources of dust, particles, mist, or fibres
  • Use ventilation systems to control dust and fumes
  • Isolate hazardous operations
  • Wear personal protective equipment, including safety eyewear, face shields, and visors

If you have sustained an eye injury or are experiencing an eye emergency, visit us or call our office as soon as possible. If we are not open or you cannot wait for treatment, visit the emergency room or call 911 immediately.

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Where to Find Us

We are easy to locate and have ample parking. You can find us on Dunmore Road, between TD Wealth and Moxie’s.

Our Address

3094 Dunmore Rd. SE
Medicine Hat, AB T1B 2X2

Our Phone Number

Phone: 403-526-4849

Our Hours

8 AM5 PM
8 AM5 PM
8 AM5 PM
8 AM7:30 PM
8 AM5 PM

*7AM-8AM exams available by appointment

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