How to get something out of your eye

How do I remove a particle in my eye?

If something is embedded in your eye (such as a glass fragment), do not try to remove it. Tape a paper or Styrofoam cup over your eye to protect it and go immediately to your Reddy Urgent Care healthcare provider or emergency room.

To remove a loose eyelash, dirt particle, or other object in your eye:

  1. 1.Wash your hands before touching your eyes.  

  2. 2.Look in a mirror and try to find the object in your eye.  

  3. 3.Try the following methods to remove the object:  

    • o.Blink several times to allow your tears to wash it out. Do not rub your eye.  

    • o.If the particle is behind your upper eyelid, pull the upper lid out and over the lower lid and roll your eye upward. This can help get the particle come off the upper lid and flush out of the eye.  

    • o.If something is in the corner of your eye or under your lower eyelid, use a wet cotton swab or piece of clean cloth to get it out.  

    • o.Fill an eye cup or small juice glass with lukewarm water. Put your eye over the cup of water and open your eye to rinse your eye and flush the object out.  

    • o.You may also need to pour lukewarm water into your eye or hold your eye under a faucet to flush your eye. 

What should I do if I get a chemical in my eye?

Chemical burns to the eyes are a medical emergency. Follow these steps if you get a chemical in your eyes.

  1. 1.Flush your eye with water for 15 to 30 minutes. Keep your eye open while flushing with water.  

  2. 2.After you flush your eye out, come to Reddy Urgent Care. If possible, bring along the container the chemical was in.  

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When should I come to Reddy Urgent Care?

Come in if:

  • You have severe or worsening eye pain.  

  • You still have eye pain or irritation 30 minutes after you have removed an object.  

  • You have glass or a chemical in your eye.  

  • You have questions or concerns.  

It’s still stuck, what should I try next?

Sometimes it’s not so easy to get something out of your eye. We know it’s uncomfortable, but don’t do anything rash out of desperation!

You must avoid any of the following:

  • rubbing your eye
  • putting pressure on your eye
  • using tweezers or other tools
  • taking out a contact lense (unless your eye is swelling or there are chemicals in your eye)

You can use some eye drops to try and help introduce more liquid to flush the object out. If that doesn’t work either, your best bet at this point is to visit an optometrist for help. An optometrist can numb your eye and safely locate and remove the object without causing damage.

If you get the object out on your own at home, you may still need to visit your optometrist if you’re experiencing any of the following:

  • blurry or abnormal vision
  • persistent swelling, tearing, redness, and puffiness
  • overall worsened condition of your eye

Even if you removed the object following safe practices, it may have already scratched your cornea, a problem that needs to be addressed by an eye doctor immediately.

Do you have anything stuck in your eye that you’re not sure how to remove? Are you worried your eye might have been damaged by a foreign object? Contact Silverstein Eye Centers today at (816) 358-3600 or request your appointment online. We can serve you at our convenient location in Independence/Kansas City.

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