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Where should you turn for urgent eye care?

(NC) If you woke up in the morning with bloodshot eyes, what would you do? Most Ontarians, when faced with urgent vision problems, head straight to their family doctor or the hospital emergency department. What many don't know is that they can access specialized eye care faster and more efficiently through their local Doctor of Optometry.

Common urgent eye care conditions include eye injuries, conjunctivitis (pink eye), allergies, or sudden vision loss. For each of these issues, Doctors of Optometry are fully trained to properly diagnose eye conditions and facilitate treatment including prescribing medication, monitoring the condition, and offering timely referrals, when needed, to specialists for advanced medical care.

In order to avoid urgent eye care needs, it is important for Ontarians of all ages to know that regular, comprehensive eye examinations play an important role in the early detection and treatment of eye-related conditions and diseases.

For information about eye health or to find a local Doctor of Optometry, please visit

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