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Eye Emergencies

If you experience loss of vision, double vision, swelling, infection or any eye emergency, contact us immediately for guidance. We’ll help you with the best treatment to prevent complications and promote long-lasting clear eyesight.

Please call our office at: 805-642-2574 for further instructions. Use your best judgment on urgency, if you feel your need to find the nearest emergency room.

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.

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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 Infections/Pink Eye

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 on the treatment of pink eye/eye infections using the latest technology to diagnose and treat.


Children’s Eye Emergencies

Our children's eye sight 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 shatter proof such as trivex or PC lenses
  2. Teach your child to responsible with following all contact lens instructions.
  3. Have your child wear protective eye wear when performing gardening, machine work, sports and any activity that requires.

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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.

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 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 it is and how the injury happened, the foreign body may pierce the eye and cause serious injury or it may simply go away with no long-term problem.

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

If anything is stuck in your eye for more than a period of a couple of hours, you must immediately cease all attempts to remove it yourself. Keep in mind that the eyes are an extremely delicate organ and any attempts to try anything extra ordinary with them can only have negative and adverse results. If the foreign body you are talking about is not bothering you too much, then you are advised to visit an eye doctor to take care of it. If not you may need to call to emergency service of your region.

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

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

The foreign body could be stuck underneath your upper eyelid, especially if you can feel something there, or you have scratches or grazes (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 in order to remove the foreign body.

Once the anaesthetic eye drops have worn off, your eye may feel a bit uncomfortable until your abrasion heals.

Whatever is happening with your eyes or if you suffer or even suspect that a foreign body has penetrated the outer eye layer better go without delay to the nearest treatment center. Doing nothing can lead to loss of vision, premature cataracts and damage to the retina so do not take any chances, delay is dangerous.

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