What to do in an eye emergency - updated December 2023
Over the Christmas Period, we are going to be closed from Friday 22nd December and re-opening Tuesday 2nd January 2024.
If you have an eye problem over this time, please follow the advice and guidance below, so if you need to be seen by an Optometrist you know where to go.
If you are carrying out DIY - some safety goggles are a brilliant idea! They are available at most DIY/Hardware stores - invest in a pair!
If some glitter gets in your eye, try and rinse it out - don't use tap water (it contains bacteria which can create infections)- try using eye drops to lift the glitter and allow it to drain out.
I have put together this page as a source of useful (hopefully) information, that if anything should happen to your eyes or vision and we are closed, you know who you can contact for further advice and guidance.
If you are experiencing an eye emergency, it is essential to act quickly and seek medical attention immediately. Here are some steps you can take:
Do not rub your eyes. Rubbing your eyes may make the injury worse.
If a foreign object, such as a piece of metal or glass, has entered your eye, do not try to remove it yourself. Cover your eye with a protective shield or bandage and seek medical attention immediately.
If you have been hit in the eye, apply a cold compress, such as an ice pack, to reduce swelling and pain.
If you are experiencing sudden vision loss or severe eye pain, seek emergency medical attention immediately.
Remember, when it comes to eye emergencies, time is of the essence. Do not delay seeking medical attention, as prompt treatment can prevent further damage and improve your chances of recovery.
Who to contact
NHS 111 - can offer advice and guidance.
Minor Eye Conditions Service- This is the Community Eye Care Scheme - of which we are members. However, if we are closed, and you need advice, this site will direct you to other optical practices locally who may be able to help. You are able to search by Borough and the details of local MECS practices are listed.
Local Hospital Eye Departments
Please note that Queen Elizabeth in Woolwich DOES NOT have an eye department - if you attend here you will not be seen by an Eye Specialist.
Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup - this does have an eye department - but it is NOT a walk-in service.
Referrals are made from Optometrists to the eye department, who will in turn review the referral and make an appointment - this ensures that whatever eye problem you have is seen within the correct clinic and at the most appropriate time. By having an appointment, there will be less waiting around at the hospital, and you will be seen and treated more quickly and efficiently.
Queen Mary's does not have emergency eyecare over weekends or bank holidays.
St Thomas Hospital, Westminster
St Thomas' Hospital Eye Info weblink
Please call in advance to discuss your eye emergency.
Kings Denmark Hill
Please see the link above and call before attending
For more individual advice, please contact us
Blackheath 0208 858 1858 email@example.com
Woolwich 0208 854 1491 firstname.lastname@example.org