A foreign object in your eye is anything that enters your eye from outside your body. It can be anything that doesn't belong in your eyes such as dust, dirt, and even a metal shard. Fortunately, if you get a foreign object in your eye, it cannot get lost behind your eyeball. It can, however, scratch your cornea. In most cases, the injury from a foreign object in your eye will be minor. There are some cases, however, where your eye can become damaged or infected.
What Are the Symptoms of a Foreign Object in the Eye?
If you have a foreign object in your eye, you can feel one or more of the symptoms below, and they often occur immediately.
- Pressure and discomfort
- Feeling that something is in your eye
- Pain in the eye
- Excessive tearing
- Pain when you look at light
- Excessive blinking
- Redness of the eye
Common Foreign Bodies
While you can get just about anything in your eye, there are certain foreign objects that are common. These include:
- Metal Particles
- Glass Shards
Treating a Foreign Object in the Eye
If you have something in your eye, the first thing that you should do is examine your eye under the light to see what is in there. If you can see it, you should never rub your eye or put pressure on it. This will force to object deeper into your eye. You should also never use tweezers or cotton swabs to remove the object. If possible, use the tip of your finger to remove it. If this doesn't work, you can try to flush your eye with water. If you cannot remove the object, you should make an appointment with your optometrist. If you removed the foreign body, but you are still experiencing the symptoms, you should make an appointment with your eye doctor.
Preventing Foreign Objects in the Eye
The best way to keep from getting a foreign object in your eye is to wear protection. If you are at the beach or in the desert, you should wear a pair of sunglasses. If you are going to be working with glass shards or metal particles, you should wear safety goggles.
If you think that you have something in your eye or if you have damage to your eye due to a foreign object, you should make an appointment with Eyes On Henry in Spartanburg. Our doctors of optometry will examine your eye to find the foreign body so that we can remove it. We will also treat any damage that was caused by the foreign body.