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An eye emergency can be scary. And when you or a loved one is hurt, it can be difficult to know where to go for help. If you suspect there’s something wrong with your eye(s), you can trust in the emergency eye care you’ll receive at Legacy Eye Care. Dr. Randhawa and our optometric team are equipped to diagnose and treat various eye emergencies.

While we do our best to accommodate emergencies, please call ahead to check for a same-day appointment. If it is outside our office hours, or you can’t wait for an appointment, please visit your closest emergency room.

Don’t let cost deter you from getting the help you need. Alberta Health Care covers urgent eye care.

Common Eye Emergencies

From injuries to medical conditions, an eye emergency can be many different things. Below are some of the most common emergencies we see.

Most eye diseases develop slowly over time and are generally diagnosed during a routine eye exam. On rare occasions, however, some eye diseases are considered a medical emergency.

Acute Angle-Closure Glaucoma

Acute angle-closure glaucoma is caused by a rapid increase in IOP. It occurs when the eye’s drainage system suddenly closes, causing fluid to build up inside the eye. This can damage the optic nerve, and, when not caught and treated quickly, it can lead to irreversible vision loss.

Symptoms of acute angle-closure glaucoma include:

  • Eye pain
  • Severe headache
  • Vomiting or nausea
  • Blurred vision
  • Rainbows or halos around lights
  • Redness in the white of the eye
  • Sudden loss of vision

Wet AMD

Wet AMD is caused by abnormal blood vessels breaking and leaking blood and fluid into the eye.

Symptoms of wet AMD include:

  • Straight lines looking bent and other visual distortions
  • Reduced central vision in one or both eyes
  • Decreased intensity or brightness of colours
  • A blurry or blind spot in your vision
  • A haziness in your overall vision

Floaters are a natural part of ageing, and many people experience them. They’re small flecks of protein that have become trapped in the vitreous. They’re generally harmless and will eventually settle below the line of sight over time.

Flashes of light are also quite common and occur as the vitreous shrinks as we age, pulling on the retina.

While flashes and floaters are normal, a sudden onset of each may indicate a more serious issue, like retinal detachment.

A blow to the eye can cause significant damage. The eyes and their surrounding tissues are delicate and easily damaged. From bruising to vision loss, many complications can arise from blunt trauma. Even if your injury seems mild, it is important to be examined by an eye care professional to avoid potential issues.

While it’s common for small foreign objects like hair, dirt, and dust to enter your eyes, they can occasionally lead to irritation or scratches that may require treatment to avoid infection. Your tears will usually flush these out on their own, but you can help the process by rinsing with clean water or saline solution.

Larger and sharper foreign objects, like glass or metal, can puncture the eye and must be removed by a trained eye care professional.

Safety Eyewear

One of the most effective ways to protect your eyes from injury is using safety eyewear when performing certain tasks at work or at home. We carry a large selection of safety glasses and protective eyewear to suit many needs.

Your eyesight is precious, so we participate in the Eyesafe™ program to make safety eyewear financially accessible.

High-Quality Eye Care

Call us today to book your appointment for emergency eye treatment. Please also call us to learn more about protecting your eyes from injury.

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You can find our beautiful new clinic behind the Best Western, just off 43rd Avenue in Atim Creek Centre.

We direct bill to all major insurance providers, including Blue Cross, Manulife, Great West Life, Sun Life Financial, Alberta Works, Dejardins, and so many more!

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#119-3003 43 Avenue
Stony Plain, AB T7Z 0H4

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Hours of Operation

Monday
9 AM3 PM
Tuesday
10 AM6 PM
Wednesday
9 AM5 PM
Thursday
10 AM6 PM
Friday
9 AM5 PM
Saturday
9 AM3 PM
Sunday
Closed
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