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Pediatric Eye Emergencies In Ventura, Serving Camarillo, Ojai, & Oxnard

Proactively preventing pediatric eye emergencies in our children is the best way to make sure their eyesight is protected. Even with the best prevention measures, childhood eye emergencies are unfortunately all too common. Contact our office if your child has pink eye, a scratched eye, or any other type of eye emergency.

Does Your Child Have a Scratched Eye/Corneal Abrasion?

Scratched eyes can happen at any time, and by doing the most common activities. Scratched eyes and corneal abrasions are not always an emergency, but you should have the eye checked regardless by an optometrist to gauge if any damage has happened.

Common causes for scratched eyes are fingernail, dirt, paper, sand, or sawdust in the eye. Common symptoms are tearing, pain and redness, blurred vision, and a headache. No matter what the symptoms, call our office to set up an emergency eye exam.

If a scratched eye occurs, the best choice is to call our practice and get professional advice. Call 805-642-2574 with any eye emergency questions. Our eye care staff, which serves Ventura and Oxnard, is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to assist you.

  • Rinse your eye with saline solution or water.
  • Contact our office for help.
  • Do not rub your eyes
  • Do not put in contact lenses.
  • Do not try to remove anything piercing the eye.

Eye Infections/Pink Eye

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Is pink eye or an eye infection an eye emergency?

Pink eye can be an emergency if due to a bacterial infection which, in that case, it can cause considerable harm/damage if not treated.

Pink eye is the common redness experienced and is caused by the irritation of the white of the eye, the sclera. This is generally attributed to three causes. A viral eye infection, a bacterial eye infection, and an eye allergy.

What should I do if I suspect pink eye/eye infection?

The first thing you should do is call our Optometrist at 805-642-2574 . After scheduling an emergency eye exam, make sure to not touch your eye and wash your hands with soap often to prevent spreading a possible eye infection. Our eye doctor is well versed on the treatment of pink eye/eye infections using the latest technology to diagnose and treat.

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Pediatric Eye Emergencies

Proactively preventing pediatric eye emergencies in our children is the best way to make sure their sight is protected. Even with the best prevention measures, we can still end up with childhood eye emergencies. Contact our office if your child experiences one.

Guide to preventing pediatric eye emergencies:

With all types of eye injury or infection, it’s critical to tell your kids not to rub their eyes! Rubbing eyes can spread the harmful substance, inflame already irritated eyes, and make every condition worse.

How can you help keep your kids safe from eye emergencies? Our best advice is to equip your child with protective eye gear to prevent sports-related eye emergencies which unfortunately are a major cause of eye emergencies in children. 

  • make sure that your child is wearing glasses that are shatterproof such as Trivex or PC lenses
  • Teach your child to be responsible with following all contact lens instructions.
  • Have your child wear protective eye wear when performing gardening, machine work, sports for example.
Removing Something Stuck In Your Eye

A foreign body is something such as an eyelash, sawdust, sand, or dirt can that gets into the eyes. The main symptom is irritation or pain. Depending on what is in your eye and how the injury happened, the foreign body may pierce the eye and cause serious injury, or it may go away with no long-term problem.

The foreign object may set off an inflammatory reaction, resulting in dilation of the surrounding vessels and then edema of the lids, conjunctiva, and cornea. If not removed, a foreign body can cause infection.

If anything is lodged in your eye for more than a period of a couple of hours, stop self-removal attempts. Keep in mind that the eyes are a delicate organ, and even the most well-intended attempts can cause serious damage. If you are not bothered much by the foreign body in your eye, then you should visit an eye doctor to take care of it. If not, you call the nearest local emergency service to you.

A foreign body is in your eye, such as a piece of grit, your eye doctor may try to remove it. They will put anesthetic eye drops in your eye first, to numb it and prevent any pain.

If the foreign body is easy to get to, it may be possible to remove it by rinsing your eye with water, or by wiping it away with a cotton ball. Yet, if this is unsuccessful, your eye doctor may try to remove the foreign body by lifting it out with the tip of a small metal instrument.

The foreign body could be lodged underneath your upper eyelid, especially if you can feel something there, or you have scratches or abrasions on the top half of the transparent outer layer of your eye (cornea). If this is the case, it may be necessary to gently turn your eyelid inside out to remove the foreign body.

Once the anesthetic eye drops have worn off, your eye may uncomfortable until your abrasion heals.

If you suspect that an object or material has punctured the cornea, go to your nearest emergency room immediately or contact your eye care professional. Doing nothing can lead to loss of vision, premature cataracts and damage to the retina.

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Children’s Eye Emergencies & What you Need to Know

Proactively preventing pediatric eye emergencies in our children is the best way to make sure their sight is protected. Even with the best prevention measures, we can still end up with childhood eye emergencies. Contact our office if your child experiences one.

What are typical pediatric eye emergencies in Ventura and Oxnard?

Eyes, and their surrounding skin, are some of the most delicate organs in the body. Classic sports put children’s eyes in, such as thrown balls, shooting darts, and swinging bats or rackets.

Overexposure to the sun and even playing on the beach, with sand and debris flying, can cause damage to the eyes. Diving into the waves, or slipping and sliding at a water park, are a fantastic and fun way to cool off. Chemicals in the water can cause eye infections, or eye injury from crashing into a stray elbow poking out.

Our optometrist commonly treats these eye emergencies in children at our Ventura clinic:

  • Cuts or scratches on the eye or eyelid
  • Eye infection, such as pink eye
  • Blunt injury to the eye or eyelid
  • Exposure to chemicals
  • Objects stuck in the eye
  • Burns
Identifying An Eye Emergency In Children

Every parent has faced the confusing question of how bad is it? Kids come home with scrapes and bruises all the time, especially in the summer. You don’t want to overreact with a mad dash to the emergency room, yet you also don’t want to ignore a potentially serious medical problem. Without attention from an optometrist, some types of eye injury and eye infection can lead to vision loss and future complications.

Symptoms to watch out for include:

  • Redness (bloodshot eyes)
  • Bleeding, or other unusual discharge from the eye
  • Itchy eyes
  • Bruising
  • Eye pain
  • Stinging or burning
  • Pupils of unequal size
  • Double vision, reduced vision, or loss of vision
  • The sensation of something stuck in the eye
  • Sensitivity to light

Even if you are unaware of any trauma or injury that occurred, the above symptoms are all red flags that you should take seriously! Seek immediate help to prevent further damage. Call our office at (805) 620-3115 for an urgent eye exam.

First Aid for Parents to Do

You can take steps at home, before seeking help, which can reduce damage. Here are some helpful guidelines:

Black eye

It often feels like a magnetic attraction exists between balls, bats, sticks, stones and children’s eyes! A direct hit to the eye or face can cause a black eye – basically a bruise from bleeding under the skin. The best thing you can do is gently apply cold compresses to your kid’s eye (with no pressure) as soon as possible. Then contact us for medical aid. Our eye doctor will check for any vision damage.

Irritated eyes from contact with chemicals

Applying sunscreen to the face can be tricky, and generous amounts will easily smear into your child’s eyes. Hours spent in a heavily chlorinated pool or ducking waves at the beach can also lead to red, irritated eyes. The camp arts and crafts room can be another source of potentially hazardous substances, such as paint thinner and fixative sprays.

If your child gets any of these chemicals in his or her eyes, rinse the affected eye(s) out right away with clean, cool water. Hold the eyelid open under a sink faucet for about 15 minutes. (If you need to rinse both eyes, a shower works best.) Afterwards, call our optometrist at 805-642-2574 for guidance on how to go ahead – we’ll need to know precisely what solution contacted the eye.

Foreign object stuck in the eye

If you’re dealing with a small object, such as a stray eyelash or grain of sand, the eye will typically handle it naturally through blinking and tears. When you need to offer help, the best thing to do is wash your hands and inspect your kid’s eyes. If you see the object, flush it out with clean water or saline solution. If you cannot see the offending item, contact our office to bring your child in for urgent treatment. Our eye doctor is qualified and experienced to remove foreign objects.

If the object (such as a wood shaving from carpentry workshop) appears to have penetrated the surface of your child’s eyes, do not try to remove it! A professional who is trained in emergency eye care should remove the foreign body. Seek medical attention at once, as a delay can lead to complications or vision loss.

Focus on Safe Summer Sight!

When school is out, and so are your kids, summer brings a long stretch of days spent outdoors. Children spend this vacation running (or biking!) between the pool, beach, sports field or friend’s houses. Being in the sun is healthy and productive, yet, it’s wise to also play it safe.

As your kid-friendly optometrists, we offer emergency eye care for children each summer. While eye injury and eye infection may be common for kids who are physically active, different ways to lower their risk and prevent summer eye emergencies are available.

Meet Our Optometrist


Ranjeet S. Bajwa, O.D.

Dr. Bajwa was born and raised in Porterville, California. He is a graduate of the University of California Davis. Dr. Bajwa received his doctorate in Optometry from the Southern California College of Optometry and completed a one-year residency in Crownpoint, New Mexico. Upon completion of his residency, Dr. Bajwa returned...

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