It is important not to rub your eye when something gets into it. The reason is that rubbing may cause scratching and corneal abrasions.
In the case that your child gets something in their eyes, make sure that they don't rub them. You can swaddle babies if they get something in their eyes.
Symptoms of a foreign body in the eye include:
If you notice any of these symptoms or experience sudden changes in your vision and find it difficult for you to perform your daily activities, please contact your eye doctor.
If you have something embedded in your eye like a glass fragment, do not try to remove it. Have someone take you to the eye doctor or emergency room and cover both eyes with a wet washcloth.
Remove a loose eyelash, a dirt particle, or an object from your eye by:
In general something stuck in your eye should be looked at by an eye doctor after attempting to follow the steps above. Following are some of the situations which require immediate medical attention:
Treatment for foreign objects in the eye depends on what the object is, and how much contact it has made with the eye. Small foreign objects include dust, grit, or an eyelash that can be easily removed at home.
Seek medical attention immediately if there are larger foreign bodies or foreign bodies that have penetrated the eye. A professional eye care provider should be consulted if you have questions about the severity of the injury.
We encourage you to call your eye care clinic. In many cases our eye doctor will want to examine your eye and will schedule you for an emergency eye exam. They may use different kinds of drops in your eyes, such as:
It is possible that your doctor will flush the object out of your eye. They may also use needles or other instruments to get it out. When the object penetrates your eyeball and becomes stuck inside your eye, you might have to have a special X-ray or ultrasound done to see where exactly it is.
A superficial corneal injury can be treated with an ointment. Some eye ointments contain muscle-relaxants or antibiotics . Eye-muscle-relaxants make the pupil dilate a lot, causing the eye to become temporarily more sensitive to light and blurring your vision. You can use a painkiller like ibuprofen to relieve any pain in your eye. Painkillers are available as eye drops or tablets. Antibiotic eye ointment could be prescribed by your doctor to prevent an infection.
Eye patches usually aren't used for minor eye injuries. Studies have shown that they don't speed up the healing process, and could in fact slow it down. Only being able to see through one eye isn't only frustrating, it can also increase the risk of further accidents. You need both eyes to be able to judge how close or far away things are.
To make sure your eye is healing properly and your vision is fine, our eye doctor may need to see you again. Make sure you do not miss this appointment. Although you may feel better, your eye may not have fully healed. A follow-up is needed to ensure the treatment has been effective.