Emergency Eye Clinic

If you have an eye emergency your local Optometrist should always be your first port of call. Your GP may not have the necessary equipment to diagnosis your symptoms, and you may have to wait some time before getting an appointment.

At Summers Opticians our Independent Prescribing Optometrists are also able to prescribe any necessary medications, meaning your condition can be diagnosed, managed and treated within the practice.

If you notice any changes to your vision, or experience pain or redness, it’s important that you seek advice from an Optometrist as soon as possible.

If you have any concerns about your eyes please don’t hesitate to contact us for advice, some of the symptoms include:

  • Red, sore, crusty eyelids
  • A sudden rapid change in your vision
  • New flashes of light or floaters
  • A red and/ or painful eye
  • Eye injury
  • Seeing halos or rainbows around light

If you notice any of the above symptoms or any other sudden changes, please contact us to arrange an emergency eye appointment.

If you have an eye emergency outside of our opening hours, we would suggest contacting another optometry practice that may be open during evenings and Sundays.

If you are unable to find an alternative Optometrist we would recommend contacting one of the following hospital emergency departments for further advice:

Royal Victoria Infirmary 

The Eye Emergency Department at the Royal Victoria Infirmary is open:

Monday – Friday from 8:30am till 4:30pm
Saturdays from 9am -11:30am (for urgent cases only)

However, outside of these opening hours you can be seen at the RVI Accident and Emergency Department.

Telephone: 0191 282 5905

Sunderland Eye Infirmary

The Eye Accident and Emergency department is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Telephone: 0191 565 6256

407 Durham Road, Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, NE9 5AN