Foreign Objects in the Eye

Whether it is a stuck eyelash, a fleck of dirt, or a metal shard, getting something in your eye is painful!

The eye is a sensitive organ and even a slight scratch can cause intense discomfort. If you have a foreign object in your eye, you’ll likely feel symptoms immediately.

Common symptoms include:

  • Pain, pressure and/or discomfort in the eye
  • Excessive blinking
  • Blurred vision
  • Extreme tearing
  • Redness or bloodshot eye
  • Swollen eyelid

Foreign objects often found in the eye include eyelashes, dirt, sand, cosmetics, sawdust and contact lenses. Metal particles and glass shards are also common. When a foreign object such as these enters your eye, it can cause irritation, abrasion, scratches and even infection. Luckily, it is usually only a minor injury and will heal without causing any long term vision problems. If you suspect a foreign object in your eye, prompt treatment is key!

When to see a doctor

You may be able to remove a foreign object in the eye at home by flushing it out with water or a saline solution. However, in certain instances, it’s best to seek professional medical treatment. Head into Liberty Urgent Care if:

  • You are unable to remove the foreign object at home
  • Symptoms of blurred vision, tearing, blinking, or swelling persist
  • The condition of your eye worsens despite the removal of the foreign object
  • The foreign object:
    • has sharp or rough edges
    • contains chemicals
    • hit the eye at a high rate of speed
    • is embedded in the eye

Our skilled and experienced providers are available 7 days a week and can provide prompt care for foreign objects in the eye. Simply walk into our clinic, or check in online to save time.