Whento seek immediate medical advice

You should go immediately to your nearest accident and emergency (A&E)department if you have:

  • persistent or severe eye pain
  • foreign bodies that can't be washed out
  • decreased or double vision
  • flashing lights, spots, halosor shadows in your field of vision
  • blood visible in your eye
  • an irregularly shaped pupil (the black dot at the centre of the eye)
  • pain when exposed to bright light
  • deep cuts around your eye
  • your eye is sticking out of your eye socket

You should also go to A&E if your injury was caused by an object flying at speedfor example, a projectile flung from an angle grinder; a very sharp object, such as glass or a knife; or chemical exposure. Flush your eye for at least 10 to 15 minutes before going.

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 21 Dec 2018