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How To Remove A Foreign Object From The Eye

How To Remove A Foreign Object From The Eye

We show the best measures to extract a foreign object from your eye. It's the little things which cause the big problems. This can save you a lot of discomfort in the long-term.

Step 1: Remove contact lenses

If you are a contact lens wearer then remove your contact lenses first.

Step 2: Look for object in lower eyelid

Gently pull out the lower lid by the lashes and check for any foreign objects.

Step 3: Swab it away

Use a clean swab moistened with cooled boiled water to wipe away the foreign object

Step 4: Water your eye

If the foreign object is not visible, then pull down the upper lid over the lower lid. This may help the eye to water and wash the object out of the eye.

Step 5: Face the light

If you are helping someone with something in their eye, firstly, make sure they don’t rub their eyes.To help find the foreign object, face the person into the light.

Step 6: Stand behind them

Wrap a towel around the injured person’s shoulders.

Step 7: Tilt head and separate eyelids

Tilt their head back and carefully separate the eyelids using your finger and thumb. Keeping the head still, examine the eye fully by asking the person to look left, right, up and down.

Step 8: Flush the eye

If you can see the foreign object on the white of the eye, you can try flushing it out with cooled boiled water or a sterile eye wash solution. Pour the water from a clean receptacle on the inner corner of the eye ensuring it flows outwards and away from the nose and let it dribble down onto the towel.

Step 9: Remove with a cotton bud

If the problem persists, try using a cotton bud moistened in cooled boiled water or slightly wet the corner of handkerchief and use instead.

Step 10: Don’t touch anything sticking or embedded

If an object of any size does appear to be stuck, simply cover the affected eye, if possible using a sterile dressing or a clean non-fluffy eye pad and ask the person to hold in place. Seek medical advice immediately and secure the dressing with a bandage if medical assistance is delayed.

Step 11: Seek medical advice

If the symptoms persist even if the object cannot be seen, seek medical advice immediately.