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Foreign Body Removal

Thu Dec 21 2023

Foreign Body Removal

Accidents happen and sometimes something can get in your eye, causing discomfort and potential complications if not promptly addressed. Whether it's a speck of dust, an errant eyelash, or a bit of debris on the work site, immediate attention is crucial for maintaining eye comfort and health.

These intruders come in various forms, such as dirt, dust, metal, or even tiny insects. The eye's sensitivity quickly detects these foreign bodies, leading to irritation, redness, tearing, and discomfort.

Reacting quickly to the presence of something in your eye is crucial to prevent further issues. Proper care and timely removal can alleviate discomfort and reduce the risk of eye damage. Seeking professional guidance is advisable if removal becomes challenging or if discomfort persists, ensuring the best possible care for your eye's well-being.


Recognizing Symptoms and Risks

Sensations of grittiness, pain, redness, excessive tearing, or blurred vision are typical indicators of a foreign object in your eye. Even minor discomfort or irritation can potentially escalate into more serious issues if left unattended. Corneal abrasions caused by foreign bodies can lead to corneal scarring or infections, posing significant risks to your eye health and vision.


Immediate Self-Care Steps

When something gets stuck in your eye, swift action is necessary. Start by gently flushing the eye with clean water or a saline solution. Avoid rubbing the eye, as this can further damage delicate tissues. If irritation persists or the object doesn't dislodge, seeking professional help becomes imperative.

Here's a detailed guide on immediate self-care steps:

  1. Remain Calm and Assess the Situation: Avoid panicking or rubbing the affected eye, as this can worsen the situation.
  2. Wash Your Hands Thoroughly: Ensure your hands are clean before attempting to address the issue to prevent introducing more contaminants.
  3. Flush the Eye: Gently pour clean water or saline solution over the affected eye, allowing it to flow over and flush out the foreign object. Use a steady stream from the inside corner outward to dislodge the particle.
  4. Use Eyelids: Blinking or gently pulling your upper eyelid over the lower one might help the foreign body move toward the tear duct, facilitating its removal.
  5. Avoid Rubbing: Refrain from rubbing your eye, as it can cause further irritation or corneal abrasions.
  6. Assess: Check for remaining foreign particles after rinsing. If symptoms persist, seek professional assistance promptly.



Seeking Professional Help

If discomfort persists despite rinsing or if you experience persistent pain, discomfort, or blurry vision, consult your optometrist. Timely medical attention prevents severe complications like infections or corneal damage.

Optometrists are trained to diagnose and treat a wide range of eye conditions and issues, including the removal of foreign bodies from the eye. However, the extent of their ability to remove foreign bodies may depend on their specific training and experience.

Our optometrists are trained and equipped to remove embedded corneal foreign bodies. You can make an appointment with our optometrist online or call us at 03 9702 9118.