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.
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 health care provider will examine the eye.
- The person may be referred to an eye specialist.