If the following has happened, you must seek urgent medical attention at your nearest hospital:

  • Chemical burn – e.g. acid or alkali – rinse the affected eye continuously with saline or tap water for 20mins before leaving to be seen
  • Penetrating eye injury – where an object has pierced the surface of your eye
  • Sudden, complete loss of vision

If you have any of the following symptoms, you need to see an Optometrist, Ophthalmologist or your GP within 24 hours:

  • New spots in your vision
  • Flashes of light in your vision
  • Dark/empty spaces in your vision – occasionally described as an appearance similar to a curtain coming down in your vision
  • Removal of foreign body – e.g. piece of metal/sand/dirt
  • Scratched eye – e.g. from a fingernail or pet
  • Blunt trauma – e.g. hit in the eye by something or someone; but the injury has not pierced the eye, if in doubt seek urgent medical attention at your nearest hospital
  • Contact Lens Related Infections – you wear contacts and your eye(s) has suddenly become red, uncomfortable, &/or your vision has deteriorated. There are some bacteria that can chew through your cornea within 24hours! The risk is higher for those individuals sleeping in &/or over-wearing their contact lenses. If you can’t be seen within 24hours, report to your nearest hospital – early intervention is critical.
, Emergencies, The Eye Place
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