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Ventura CA's Eye Doctor For Eye Emergencies.

When you or a loved one has an eye emergency you are looking for the most qualified eye doctor and the latest technology. At Buena Vista Optometry you are entrusting your vision with Dr. Bajwa and his team. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, Diplomate of the American Board of Optometry, a member of the American Optometric Association, and is currently serving as President-elect for the board of the California Optometric Association. To learn more about Dr. Bajwa click here.

We also take utter pride in providing excellent care by utilizing the latest technology. We have the latest in sophisticated equipment that allows our eye doctor to have the most accurate diagnosis and correct treatment. To learn more about our commitment to technology click here.

What Symptoms Indicate That You Have An Eye Emergency?

An eye emergency is when symptoms happen suddenly and are the result of eye trauma or they affect your vision noticeably. Symptoms range from eye pain to vision loss. This can be the result of many different factors such as a blow to the eye, objects in the eye, chemicals in the eye, or an eye infection.

  • Eye infection
  • Painful eyes
  • Loss of Vision
  • Diplopia-Double Vision
  • Swelling or bulging eyes
  • A new or a severe headache
  • Bruising around the eye
  • Eye Trauma
  • Scratch or cut in the eye
  • Blood in the eye
  • Non-uniform pupils
  • Blood in the eye
  • Light Sensitivity
  • Eye Discharge

If you experience any of these symptoms, call us during business hours or visit an emergency room.

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First Aid For Eye Emergencies

Large Foreign Objects

Ex: glass metal, grass clippings, gravel

  • Do not touch.
  • Do not remove.
  • Do not apply pressure.
  • Cover both eyes lightly, if possible, to prevent movement and further damage.
  • Emergency care should be sought immediately.
Chemical Burns

You should seek medical attention right away if you experience chemical burns. While you are waiting for transportation to the emergency facility, flush your eyes directly with water. Attempt to remove contacts from your eyes. Taking chemical burns seriously is important because some products can cause permanent vision damage. Contact Buena Vista Optometry for assistance.

  • Flush the eye immediately using water. Run water in the eye for at least 15 minutes. Make sure to keep the eye open as widely as possible.
  • Do not remove contact lenses prior to flushing; they may come out during flushing.
  • Do not bandage the eye
  • Seek emergency care immediately after flushing

Examples of chemical burns:

  • Gasoline
  • Fertilizer
  • Perfume
  • Cleaners
Small Foreign Objects

Try to flush small foreign objects, such as dirt, dust, or sand, from your eye right away with water or saline. Using clean hands, do not rub or scratch the eye. Try to attempt looking under the lids by flipping them up. If you are not able to flush the object out with saline or water, contact our eye care center right away. 

Ex: dust, sand, eyelash

  • Do not rub-this can cause scratching.
  • Thoroughly wash your hands before touching your eye.
  • Blinking or natural tearing can sometimes flush the object. If it doesn’t flush with those, rinse the eye with water or saline.
  • Lifting your upper lid and looking down towards the floor may help remove the object.
  • Do not attempt to remove the object with tweezers or other objects.
  • If, after attempting to flush the eye, the object does not come out, or if irritation continues, see your eye care professional immediately.
Blows To The Eye

Ex: hit by a bat or racket, struck in the eye, hit by a flying object

  • Apply a cold compress while avoiding pressure.
  • Do not use raw meat because this can increase the risk of infection.
  • Seek medical care if you experience pain, blurry vision, bulging eye, blood in the eye or a black eye.
Cut Or Scratched Eye

Scratched Eye/Corneal Abrasions

A scratched eye can be a time of great fear and concern. In most cases, the scratch will heal within a few days.

Not all cases of scratched eyes occur from serious situations, sometimes they can be a child’s fingernail, paper, sand or dirt in your eye, or a tree branch. The most common symptoms are tearing, pain and redness, blurred vision, and a headache. No matter what the cause or symptom call our Ventura CA practice at 805-642-2574 to set up an emergency eye exam.

Guide In Case Of A Scratched Eye

In the case of a scratched eye, the best option is to call our practice and get professional advice. Call 805-642-2574 with any eye emergency questions.

  1. Rinse your eye with saline/general purpose contact lens solution, or water.
  2. If the cause is something stuck in your eye, follow the instructions in that section of this page.
  3. The rest of the list are things not to do.
  4. Do not rub your eyes
  5. Do not put in contact lenses
  6. Do not attempt to remove anything piercing the eye.
Eye Bleeding (Popped Blood Vessel)

This type of eye problem can be caused by even the slightest impact of the eye or the surrounding area. It is known as “subconjunctival hemorrhage” and is not an emergency unless combined with other symptoms. If you experience other symptoms with a popped blood vessel, call us to schedule an emergency eye exam. 

Swollen Or Black Eye

Usually, a black or swollen eye looks worse than it is. Black eyes can be caused by a number of different things including sports injuries or impact to the eye or the surrounding areas. It is important to seek care from an optometrist to check for damage. 


Styes (Internal Hordeolums)

Styes are bumps near the eyelid or lash line, they often look like a pimple or dot in the eye. They are caused by inflammation or infection of the eyelash follicle. To treat at home, using warm compresses can alleviate the pain and discomfort. Schedule an emergency eye exam with Dr. Bajwa at our Ventura practice if the stye does clear up on its own after a couple of weeks. Antibiotic ointment or oral antibiotics may be required.

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Common Eye Emergencies Treated At Our Ventura Eye Care Center

Pink Eye/Eye Infections

One of the most common questions we hear is “is pink eye/an eye infection an emergency?”

The simple answer is sometimes, in the case of a bacterial eye infection, if left untreated it can cause more serious harm.

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.

So what should you do if you have an eye infection or pink eye?

The first thing you should do is call our Optometrist at 805-642-2574. After scheduling an emergency eye exam at our Ventura CA practice, 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 in the treatment of pink eye/eye infections using the latest technology to diagnose and treat.

Kids Eye Emergencies

Our children's eyesight is vital to their happiness and success in life. There are unfortunately far too many pediatric eye emergencies. The best way to combat this scary situation is to be proactive in preventing eye emergencies with children.

Guide to preventing pediatric eye emergencies:

  1. Ensure that your child is wearing glasses that are shatterproof such as trivex or PC lenses
  2. Teach your child to responsible for following all contact lens instructions.
  3. Have your child wear protective eyewear when performing gardening, machine work, sports and any activity that requires.
Something Stuck In Your Eye

Objects that do not belong in the eye end up there, on occasion, anyways. It is important that if you cannot flush an object from the eye with water or saline, that you seek immediate medical care. In order to prevent corneal scratching, do not rub the eye and make sure to have clean hands before attempting to flush the object. Our optometrist, Dr. Bajwa, has extensive experience and the latest technology to prevent complications and discomfort from items stuck in your eye. 

Scratched Eye

Scratching to the eye can cause serious damage if not dealt with properly. The most urgent cause for concern is an infection. Most scratches heal fine under the supervision of an eye care professional, but seeking care immediately is important. 

Ocular Migraines

Ocular migraines are migraines that cause a visual disruption and may or may not have the pain that a usual migraine is known for. Ocular migraines have symptoms such as:

  • Numbness in face or hands
  • Feeling mentally foggy or fuzzy
  • A disrupted sense of touch, taste, or smell
  • Seeing blind spots, shimmering spots, flashing lights, or zigzagging lines.

If you are experiencing ocular migraines that cause visual symptoms, it is important to schedule an eye exam with an optometrist. 

Retinal Migraine

A retinal migraine only affects one eye and can cause loss of vision. If you suddenly lose vision, seek medical assistance immediately. Contact Buena Vista Optometry during office hours or visit an emergency room for assistance.

Flashing Or Floaters

Floaters and flashing can be a normal part of aging. They can also be symptoms of retinal detachment and should be checked immediately by an optometrist. Dr. Bajwa provides a comprehensive examination to assess the cause of flashers and floaters for patients from Ventura and the surrounding areas including Ojai, Camarillo, and Oxnard. 

Herpes Simplex Virus

There are two herpes viruses that affects the eyes: herpes zoster ophthalmicus which is like the shingles virus or chickenpox. This is when the herpes virus affects the eye and is usually caused by an infection.

Symptoms include:

  • Pain in and around one eye
  • Headache and fever
  • Redness, rash, or sores on eyelids and around eyes, especially the forehead
  • Blurry vision
  • Swelling and cloudiness of the cornea

The other is herpes simplex keratitis which is the same virus that causes cold sores.

Symptoms include:

  • Pain in and around one eye only
  • Redness of the eye
  • A feeling of dirt or gritty eye
  • Overflowing of tears
  • Pain when looking at a bright light
  • Swelling or cloudiness of the cornea

Seek medical treatment for either of these issues.

Acute Angle Closure Glaucoma (Attack)

This is caused by the blockage or closing of the drainage area in the eye. This is a medical emergency and you need to seek immediate medical treatment. Loss of vision can occur within a day if not treated immediately.

Symptoms include:

  • Loss of vision
  • A headache
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Blurred vision or seeing halos around the eyes, which occur due to corneal swelling
  • Profuse tearing

During office hours please call immediately, if you are experiencing these symptoms after hours, visit an urgent care facility or emergency room. 

Iritis / Uveitis

Iritis/Uveitis is inflammation of the eye and is usually caused by systemic diseases or trauma to the eye.


  • Light sensitivity
  • Eye pain
  • Redness
  • Loss of visual acuity



Keratitis is when your cornea swells. This is usually caused by wearing contact lenses for too long. Seek medical attention if you experience redness, pain, or decreased/blurry vision. 

Emergencia Oculares

Ofrecemos servicios de emergencia que requieren atención inmediata y urgente. Nuestros médicos de los ojos tienen la última tecnología y mucha experiencia con infecciones oculares, ojos arañados, ojos dolorosos o picazón y muchos otros tipos de infecciones oculares. Acceptamos la mayoría de los planes de seguro médico.

Emergencias De Los Ojos En Ventura, California

No siempre está suficientemente claro cuándo debemos acudir a urgencias, más en el caso de peligro para los ojos. Por favor llámenos si tienes una emergencia ocular de cualquier tipo.
Visite Nuestro Optometrista En la clinica Buena Vista Optometry utilizan equipos avanzados para su examen ocular. Exámenes de la vista completos para adultos y niños, co-manejo de la cirugía de corrección de la visión con láser, cuidado de emergencias oculares y mucho más. Los optometristas en nuestra clinica en Ventura son doctores de los ojos para pacientes de todas las edades. Por favor llámenos y le atenderemos en Español.

Meet Our Eye Doctor

Dr Ranjeet Bajwa optometrist in Ventura California

Dr. Ranjeet Bajwa, Our Ventura CA Optometrist

Dr. Bajwa has a long career providing professional care for medical eye care and general eye exams alike. His experiences include working in a hospital in New Mexico in Eye Emergency care. Dr. Bajwa is the president elect of the California Optometric Association, a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, and a Diplomate of the American Board of Optometry. In his free time Dr. Bajwa enjoys volunteering with the special olympics.

What is the most important thing to do if I have an eye emergency?

The most important thing is to not panic. Most eye emergencies are treated successfully by our optometrist. If you are concerned please call our office, if it is after hours please use your judgment regarding visiting an emergency room or urgent care facility. 

Video Transcript

Transcript: "Hi! I’m Ranjeet Bajwa from one of the optometry in Ventura, California. I want to talk to you today briefly about some common eye emergencies that we hear from patients that you should know about. One of the most common issues that we came across is flashing lights or floaters in your vision. If you’re experiencing a sudden onset of flashes or floaters, we do recommend contacting your eye care professional to be seen to make sure it’s not a major issue. It could be a couple of minor things such as common occurring floaters or an ocular migraine but the more concerning things for you in terms of your long-term health vision is to rule out things such as retinal detachment or potentially a macular hole.

When we talk about retinal detachment is the tissue in the back of your eye that collects the light, kind of like the film in a camera; in the human eye, it is very very thin. That thin tissue is at risk of being pulled off of the back surface of the eye. Just due to time or head injuries, slips, falls, motor vehicle accidents, anything that causes a jarring injury to the head. Also unfortunately due to time. So, when we talk about a recent onset of flashes or floaters that start to occur, it is definitely important to come in for a dilated eye exam to make that there are no signs of any changes to the health of the retina that might have threatened your long-term vision. If you do start to experience these types of symptoms, it is certainly recommended not to just wait on it and see if it goes away. Particularly if it’s something that’s been happening for 5 minutes or longer in the same location in the same eye. If you do experience any of those types of symptoms please call your doctor and get in for a dilated eye exam. That way we can find out and it is nothing serious, and we can make sure that your vision is good for the long-term. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to send me a tweet on twitter @DrRajBaj or you can also contact us on our website. I’m happy to answer any additional questions that you have about eye emergencies."

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  • Read Dr. Ranjeet Bajwa's transcript of his video on Acanthamoeba, an infection of the cornea.
  • Do you have Pink Eye or an Eye infection? Visit our optometrist Dr. Bajwa for treatment of all types of eye emergencies today!
  • If you have scratched your eye schedule an emergency eye exam with our optometrist today to reduce the risk for an eye infection, promote faster healing, and reduce the risk of complications.
  • If you have a pimple, bump, or dot in the eye it may be a stye, while generally, stye's do not pose a danger, our optometrist recommends scheduling an emergency eye exam to assess the stye and speed up healing.
  • Our optometrist treats eye emergencies in Ventura California. If you have a sports eye injury such as a black eye from a ball hitting the eye, or an injury from broken glasses, schedule an emergency eye exam today.
  • How can you help keep your kids safe from eye emergencies?  Eyes and their surrounding skin are some of the most delicate organs in the body.

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