Blog Hero

Safeguarding Your Child’s Vision: Identifying and Handling Pediatric Eye Emergencies

Book Appointment

The eyes and their surrounding skin are among the most fragile organs in a child’s body. Engaging in everyday activities, from sports to leisurely recreation, can sometimes pose a threat to your child’s eye health. In this article, we’ll explore common pediatric eye emergencies and provide essential tips on recognizing and managing them.

Common Pediatric Eye Emergencies: 

Children are particularly susceptible to eye injuries and infections due to their active lifestyles. Some typical pediatric eye emergencies seen at Oxford Optometry include:

  • Cuts or scratches on the eye or eyelid
  • Eye infections, such as pink eye
  • Blunt injuries to the eye or eyelid
  • Exposure to chemicals
  • Foreign objects stuck in the eye
  • Burns

Recognizing Eye Emergencies: 

Identifying whether your child is experiencing an eye emergency can be challenging. Look out for the following symptoms:

  • Redness (bloodshot eyes)
  • Unusual discharge, bleeding, or itching
  • Bruising
  • Eye pain or burning
  • Pupils of unequal size
  • Double vision, reduced vision, or loss of vision
  • Sensation of something stuck in the eye
  • Sensitivity to light

If your child exhibits any of these symptoms, seek assistance from your optometrist, family physician or local emergency department. 

First Aid for Parents: 

While awaiting professional help, parents can take some first aid measures for minor eye injuries:

  1. Black eye: Apply cold compresses gently to reduce swelling.
  2. Irritated eyes from chemicals: Rinse the eyes with clean, cool water for at least 15 minutes and seek guidance from an eye doctor.
  3. Foreign object stuck in the eye: Flush the eye with clean water. If the object persists, seek urgent treatment from an eye doctor.

Top Tips for Pediatric Eye Emergencies: 

To minimize the risk of eye emergencies, consider the following tips:

  1. Encourage your child to wear protective eye gear during sports and recreational activities.
  2. Teach them not to rub their eyes, as it can exacerbate the situation.
  3. Be cautious with activities involving potential eye hazards, such as exposure to chemicals or flying objects.
  4. Stay vigilant for symptoms of eye emergencies and seek prompt professional assistance.

Preserving your child’s vision is crucial, and being aware of potential eye emergencies can make a significant difference. By taking preventive measures and knowing how to respond in critical situations, you can help ensure your child’s eye health and well-being. If in doubt, always consult with a qualified optometrist for guidance tailored to your child’s specific situation. At Oxford Optometry we are here to answer your questions and be that guidance. 


Written by Dr. Sarah Andreasen

More Articles By Dr. Sarah Andreasen

Our Location

You can find our office around the corner from the Rexall on Dundas Street. There is free parking right next to the building. If you have any trouble finding us, give us a call!

Our Address

  • 716 Dundas St.
  • Woodstock, ON N4S 1E7

Contact Information

Our Testimonials

Check us out on Instagram

This error message is only visible to WordPress admins

Error: No feed found.

Please go to the Instagram Feed settings page to create a feed.

instagram facebook facebook2 pinterest twitter google-plus google linkedin2 yelp youtube phone mobile location calendar share2 link star-full star star-half chevron-right chevron-left chevron-down chevron-up envelope fax