Don't rub your eye,
because this could scratch the outer surface (cornea) of the
eye. You may have to keep small children from rubbing their
Wash your hands before touching your eye.
wear contact lenses, take the contacts out before trying to remove the object
or flush your eye.
If an object is over the dark center (pupil) of
the eye or over the colored part (iris) of the eye, you may try to gently
flush it out with water. If the object does not come
out with flushing, put on dark glasses, and call your doctor. Do not put any pressure on the eye.
If the object
is on the white part (sclera) of the eye or inside the lower lid, wet a
cotton swab or the tip of a twisted piece of tissue and touch the end to the
object. The object should cling to the swab or tissue. Some minor irritation is
common after you have removed the object in this way.
the eye with cool water. A clean eyedropper may help. Many times the object
will be under the upper eyelid and can be removed by lifting the upper lid away
and flushing gently.
Do not try to remove a
piece of metal, an object that has punctured the eye, or an object stuck on the
eye after flushing with water.
tweezers, toothpicks, or other hard items to remove any object. Using these
items could cause eye damage.