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    Foreign Body, Eye Treatment

    Call 911 if:

    • The foreign body in the eye is sharp or is stuck in the eye or is sticking out of the eyelid.
    • Something hit the eye at a high rate of speed or with force.
    • The person has pain or a change in vision.

    • The foreign body in the eye is sharp or is stuck in the eye or is sticking out of the eyelid.
    • Something hit the eye at a high rate of speed or with force.
    • The person has pain or a change in vision.

    1. Remove Foreign Body

    Don't try to remove a large object or one that is deeply stuck in the eye. For small particles or something under the upper eyelid:

    • Clean around the eye with a wet washcloth if there are many particles.
    • Rinse the eye with a saline solution or clean water. Or place the affected side of the face in a pan of water; then have the person open and close the eye repeatedly to wash it out.

    For something in the corner of the eye or under the lower lid:

    • If the object is under the lid, pull down the skin above the cheek bone.
    • Remove the item with the corner of a damp cloth or moistened cotton swab.

    2. See a Health Care Provider

    Get medical help if the person:

    • Still feels like there's something in the eye
    • Has abnormal sensation or pain or has changes in vision
    • Continues tearing after you wash out the eye
    • Has a cloudy spot on the cornea

    3. Follow Up

    • The person may be referred to an eye specialist.

    WebMD Medical Reference

    Reviewed by David T. Derrer, MD on January 23, 2016

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