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Retinal detachment and tear
Metallic foreign body
Here at Concordia Eye Centre, Drs. Bayer and Samborski are able to handle many different types of ocular emergencies. Please note that these emergency services are covered by Manitoba Health or can be billed directly to the Worker's Compensation Board of Manitoba, if the injury happened at the workplace.
If you are experiencing an ocular emergency outside of our regular business hours (Monday through Friday, 8 am-5 pm), then please proceed to the Misericordia Health Centre's 24/7 Eye Care Centre in Winnipeg Manitoba, where there is a 24-hour on-call Ophthalmologist. Please present yourself at patient registration through the 99 Cornish Avenue entrance.
Eye emergencies can come in many different forms. Most commonly, Drs. Bayer and Samborski
treat eye infections or remove foreign bodies, such as tiny pieces of metal or dirt, from the eye.
Any eye that is experiencing a sudden onset of flashing lights, floating spots or areas of missing
vision also constitutes an eye emergency, even when there is no associated pain.
Although we do accept walk-in emergencies, it is advisable to call our office at
204-415-0018 to let us know that an emergency is on the way so that we can triage you more
This depends on the nature of the emergency. Since July 2013, Optometrists in Manitoba can
prescribe antibiotic and anti-inflammatory drops for the eye, so Dr. Bayer or Dr. Samborski
might prescribe a medication as part of the course of treatment. It may also be necessary to
apply some freezing drops to the eye, in order to remove a piece of debris that is stuck to the
front of the eye with their specially designed tools. In the case of flashing lights or floating spots,
the eye will be dilated so it is a good idea to come prepared with a driver and your sunglasses.
Manitoba Health covers the cost of an examination to deal with the emergency itself. This will
be a shorter appointment than the comprehensive eye examination and will not assess the
overall vision or health of the eye, but will deal specifically with the particular problem that is
the reason for the visit.