Foreign Objects in the Eye
If you get a foreign object in the eye, try to flush it out with clean water or saline solution. Use an eyecup or a small, clean glass positioned with its rim resting on the bone at the base of your eye socket.
Helping Someone with Something in their Eye
- Wash your hands.
- Seat the person in a well-lighted area.
- Gently examine the eye to find the object. Pull the lower lid down and ask the person to look up. Then hold the upper lid while the person looks down.
- If the object is floating in the tear film on the surface of the eye, try flushing it out. If you’re able to remove the object, flush the eye with a saline solution or clean, lukewarm water.
- Don’t try to remove an object that’s imbedded in the eyeball.
- Don’t rub the eye.
- Don’t try to remove a large object that makes closing the eye difficult.
Seek emergency medical assistance when:
- You can’t remove the object.
- The object is imbedded in the eyeball.
- The person with the object in the eye is experiencing abnormal vision.
- Pain, redness or the sensation of a foreign body in the eye persists after the object is removed.