Foreign Objects in the Eye
Something in your eye?
Whether it is a stuck eyelash, a fleck of dirt, or a metal shard, getting something in your eye is painful! Get front-line care for foreign objects in the eye at Gateway Family and Urgent Care.
The eye is a sensitive organ and even a slight scratch can cause intense discomfort. If you have a foreign object in the eye, you’ll likely feel symptoms immediately. You may experience:
- Pain, pressure and/or discomfort in the eye
- Excessive blinking
- Blurred vision
- Extreme tearing
- Redness or bloodshot eye
- Swollen eyelid
Foreign objects typically 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 for foreign objects in the eye
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 Gateway Family & Urgent Care if:
- You are unable to remove the foreign object at home.
- Symptoms of blurred vision, tearing, blinking, and/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 can provide prompt front-line care for foreign objects in the eye. In some instances, you may be referred to Ophthalmology or ER for more advanced treatment, and a follow-up visit with an eye care specialist may be necessary.