Try to blink to allow your tears to wash it out.
Do not rub your eye.
If the particle is behind your upper eyelid, pull the upper lid out and over the lower lid and roll your eye upward.
This can help get the particle come off the upper lid and flush out of the eye.
How do you get debris out of your eye?
Dirt or Debris
- Use your tears. Gently pull your upper eyelid down so it hangs over your lower lashes.
- Flush it. You can also rinse your eye with cool water from a sink.
- Wipe it. If you see the small object on your eyeball, you can try to get it out by gently swiping with a wet washcloth.
- Don’t rub.
Why does it feel like there’s something in my eye but there’s not?
Corneal abrasions can be caused by a foreign particle under your eyelid, poking your eye, or even vigorously rubbing your eyes. An injury to your cornea can leave behind a lingering sensation that there’s something in your eye. Other symptoms of a corneal injury include: pain.
Can an optometrist remove something from my eye?
Once they find the foreign body, they gently remove it after numbing the eye with anaesthetic eye drops. If it is central or deep, they will arrange for you to see an ophthalmologist (specialist eye doctor) to have it removed. Your eye may be washed with saline (sterile salt water) to flush out any dust and dirt.
Can something in your eye come out on its own?
If you have a corneal abrasion it can feel like there’s still something in your eye – even if the object has been removed. Corneal abrasions usually heal completely within two or three days. But they can sometimes lead to complications, so it may be better to see a doctor.
Can I rinse my eyes with tap water?
Tap Water Is Bad for Your Eyes
Experts advise you should not wash your eyes out with tap water unless it is an emergency. The saline level of your tears helps to keep your eyes healthy. Washing your eyes with water irritates the ocular surface and can damage the lens cells of your eye.
How long can something stay in your eye?
Recovering from a foreign object in the eye
An irritating sensation or minor discomfort may remain for a day or two. The surface cells of the eye are restored quickly. Corneal abrasions caused by a foreign object usually heal in one to three days and without infection.
How do you get rid of a foreign body feeling in your eye?
To treat a foreign object located beneath the lower eyelid:
- Pull out the lower eyelid or press down on the skin below the eyelid to see underneath it.
- If the object is visible, try tapping it with a damp cotton swab.
- For a persistent object, try to flush it out by flowing water on the eyelid as you hold it open.
Why do I feel something in my eye?
The sensation that something is in the eye commonly brings people to the ophthalmologist. This is referred to as a “foreign body sensation”, as if a foreign object were scratching the eye. Usually this sensation originates from the cornea, which is the clear part of the eye through which we see.
Do I have something in my eye or is it scratched?
A cornea abrasion usually affects just one eye, and it can feel like something is on or in your scratched eye. After flushing the eye, if redness, pain or foreign body sensation continues, seek immediate attention because corneal abrasions can cause serious harm within hours.