URGENT EYE CONDITIONS
This page covers a few eye conditions which require URGENT attention by a doctor but is by no means comprehensive.
If you develop any sudden problems with your eyes or vision please consult a doctor as soon as possible as you may require urgent treatment.
CHEMICAL EYE INJURY
This is URGENT. If you ever get any chemical (soap, bleach, lyme, concrete etc) into your eye, the first thing you should do is wash it out with clean water as soon as possible. The longer it stays in the eye, the more damage that can occur. Immediately proceed to your nearest Accident & Emergency or Eye Clinic so that an Eye Doctor can evaluate your eye.
Even if the injury had occured some time ago, it is still worth visiting the doctor at least once to ensure there is no lasting damage or inflammation which requires treatment. Treament may range from eye drops to extensive eye surgery and may even require immediate admission for intensive treatment. Your doctor will be able to advise you depending on the extent of the injury.
In the unfortunate event that you get a blow to your eye, no matter how trivial it may seem, you should seek medical advice as soon as possible. At times, eye trauma could cause a sudden increase in floaters or flashing of light. Hence it is necessary for doctor to ensure there is no injury that you may not be aware of.
If something small goes into your eye you can try to wash it out with some clean water. If however, you sustain a high-speed / impact injury (from drilling/hammering), please do not rub your eye or try to pull any foreign objects out yourself. Proceed immediately to your nearest eye doctor.
SUDDEN LOSS OF VISION
If you notice any sudden loss of vision, whether or not you have eye pain, please proceed immediately to your nearest doctor as you will need a thorough check of both your eyes and your vital signs (e.g. blood pressure, blood sugar etc.)
The causes are numerous and some may be serious enough to warrant a head scan so do not delay.