What is an eye emergency?

The following require urgent attention.

  • Sudden loss of vision
  • Sudden distorted vision
  • Curtain or shadow obscuring vision
  • Flashing lights
  • New floaters
  • Pain
  • Foreign body in the eye
  • Corneal abrasion
  • Red eye with pain
  • Red eye with light sensitivity
  • Sudden loss of side vision
  • Sudden double vision that does not go away
  • Sudden change in pupil size in one eye
  • Sudden loss of colour vision

The following are less urgent but require attention

  • Red eye and discharge with no pain, no light sensitivity and normal vision
  • Watery, itchy eyes
  • Lid infections such as styes or crusty lids
Pink Eye

St Michael’s Hospital
30 Bond Street

Toronto Western Hospital
399 Bathurst Street

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
2075 Bayview Avenue

The Hospital for Sick Children
555 University Avenue

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