Emergency Eye Care in New Brunswick

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Accidents can happen at any time to anyone. It can be particularly scary when you or a loved one has sustained an injury to the eye. When you’re stressed and worried, it can be challenging to know where to go for help. We provide emergency eye care services for many injuries and do what we can to accommodate you so you can immediately get care.

If we’re not open or your injury can’t wait, please call 911 or visit your closest emergency room.

Trusted Care to Help You Through an Eye Emergency

Accidents happen all the time, but when you or a loved one experiences an injury to the eyes, it can be scary. In times of stress, it’s not always easy to know what to do or where to go. Know that we are here for you and can provide emergency eye care.

Even if an injury seems relatively minor, it can still have long-term consequences to your eye health or vision, so always consult a professional. If you experienced trauma to one or both eyes and are experiencing sudden vision loss, swelling, or bleeding, visit an emergency room immediately or call 911.

Common Eye Injuries

We use advanced diagnostic technology to accurately diagnose various eye emergencies, ranging from infections and injuries to medical eye emergencies, like angle-closure glaucoma. We can treat multiple common injuries, including:

Harmful chemicals can cause burns, UV radiation from the sun or tanning beds, hot water or steam, or household appliances like curling or straightening irons.

Chemical burns occur when household or industrial chemicals enter the eyes. Many people work around hazardous chemicals, but many household cleaners and products also contain acids and alkalis.

  • Acid burns, like those caused by bleach, can cause pain and redness but can easily be treated by thoroughly rinsing your eye with cool, clean water.
  • Alkali burns are significantly more serious. Caused by products like oven cleaner, fertilizer, or drain unclogger, alkalis attack the tissue quickly and can lead to permanent vision loss or blindness.

If you’ve sustained burns to your eyes, either from chemicals or heat, flush your eyes immediately with cool, clean water for at least 15 minutes.

Direct blows or blunt trauma to the eyes and surrounding areas can lead to significant damage to the eyes, eyelids, or eye sockets. You can sustain this type of injury by falling, getting struck in the face, from a car accident, or while playing sports.

Even if an eye injury looks relatively minor, it can still put your eye health and vision at risk. In some cases, damage to the eye can be missed, leading to complications later. It’s always important to seek help from medical professionals to rule out serious injury.

If you’ve sustained an injury to the face, eye, or surrounding area, watch for symptoms like:

  • Bruising and black eyes
  • Swelling
  • Bleeding
  • Facial numbness
  • Changes in vision

Small foreign objects, like eyelashes and hair, sand and dirt, or makeup, often enter the eyes. Small things like these can usually be removed easily by flushing your eyes with clean water or blinking or tearing. Even if you can’t get a small foreign object out of your eyes, never rub. This can scratch your cornea, increasing your risk of eye infections.

Although corneal scratches often heal on their own, you should still seek medical attention to avoid the risk of infection or other complications. If you can’t locate the object and the irritation continues, call our office.

Larger or sharp foreign objects, like glass or metal shards, can cause serious injury and require immediate medical attention. Objects like this can puncture the eye, causing damage to the ocular structures.

If you have something embedded in your eye, never touch it, apply pressure, or remove it yourself. Call us immediately.

Signs & Symptoms of Eye Injuries

Eye damage is not always apparent after sustaining an injury. Even if your accident seemed insignificant, watch for vision changes or signs and symptoms of infection.

Signs & Symptoms of Infection

  • Blurred or impaired vision
  • Pain in the eye
  • Foreign body sensation
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Redness in the eye or eyelid
  • Swelling in or around the eye
  • Discharge from the eye
  • Fever

Sensitivity to light could be a symptom of eye disease.

Signs & Symptoms of Retinal Detachment

A retinal tear or detachment can result from an eye injury, age-related macular degeneration, tumours, age, or other health conditions, like diabetes and inflammatory disorders. Signs of retinal tears or detachments include:

  • Sudden onset of flashes of light, like streaks, sparks, or flickers when you move your head or eyes.
  • Sudden onset of floaters or shadows floating in your vision.
  • Partial or complete vision loss in one or both eyes.
  • Gradually reduced peripheral vision
  • Blurred vision

If you have experienced a traumatic eye injury and require medical assistance, call our office as soon as possible.

Know Where to Go with an Eye Emergency

Most eye emergencies can—and should—be treated by an optometrist or ophthalmologist. Many Canadians have visited an emergency room for eye care when they could have been treated by their optometrist instead.

3% of emergency room visits in 2014 were for conjunctivitis, an inflammation of the conjunctiva that’s easily diagnosed and treated by optometrists.

The majority of eye-related injuries and illnesses can be treated at our clinic by our experienced optometry team. We have the knowledge and equipment to provide a quick assessment and treatment for your injury.

In rare instances where your care requires specialized assessment or treatment beyond our scope, we can refer you ourselves. However, if our clinic is closed and your injury cannot wait for us to reopen, you should call 911 or visit your nearest emergency room.

If you have sustained an eye injury or have questions about eye health, please call us today.

Our Locations

St. George

You can find our St. George location just off Main Street, next to the Community Living Centre.

Contact Information

Phone: (506) 755-3332
Fax: (506) 755-9890

Address

124 Main Street
St. George, New Brunswick E5C 3S3

Hours of Operations

Mondays
9 AM5 PM
Tuesdays
9 AM5 PM
Wednesdays
9 AM5 PM
Thursdays
9 AM7 PM
Fridays
9 AM2 PM
Saturdays
Closed
Sundays
Closed

You can find our St. George location just off Main Street, next to the Community Living Centre.

Contact Information

Phone: (506) 755-3332
Fax: (506) 755-9890

Address

124 Main Street
St. George, New Brunswick E5C 3S3

Hours of Operations

Mondays
9 AM5 PM
Tuesdays
9 AM5 PM
Wednesdays
9 AM5 PM
Thursdays
9 AM7 PM
Fridays
9 AM2 PM
Saturdays
Closed
Sundays
Closed

Saint John

Located between Grannan St and Princess St across from Trinity Royal Anglican Church.

Contact Information

Phone: (506) 634-8882
Fax: (506) 634-0864

Address

101 Germain Street
Saint John, New Brunswick E2L 2E9

Hours of Operations

Mondays
8 AM5 PM
Tuesdays
8 AM5 PM
Wednesdays
8 AM5 PM
Thursdays
8 AM7:30 PM
Fridays
8 AM5 PM
Saturdays
Closed
Sundays
Closed

Located between Grannan St and Princess St across from Trinity Royal Anglican Church.

Contact Information

Phone: (506) 634-8882
Fax: (506) 634-0864

Address

101 Germain Street
Saint John, New Brunswick E2L 2E9

Hours of Operations

Mondays
8 AM5 PM
Tuesdays
8 AM5 PM
Wednesdays
8 AM5 PM
Thursdays
8 AM7:30 PM
Fridays
8 AM5 PM
Saturdays
Closed
Sundays
Closed

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