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How to Remove a Foreign Object from Your Eye

Sometimes, foreign bodies in the eye refuse to come out, raising your vexation to unimaginable levels. Let's offer you some quick fixes to this situation by way of this article.
We've come across the expression about eyes being the windows to the soul countless times right? But sometimes, it so happens that the aforementioned windows have some gunk stuck in them that just won't get out. You're sure to have experienced a galling situation when a foreign speck got stuck in your eye and irritated you a lot! You'd think rapid blinking would help it, but it doesn't. So what do you do? Well, just read the relief measures given in this Buzzle article and get rid of that pesky little particle!

Blow it Out
When you realize that there is a certain foreign particle lodged in your eye, your first instinctive reaction will no doubt be to rub, rub and rub the eye! Difficult though it may seem to resist this action, you're going to have to. Rubbing the eye may provide you temporary relief for those few moments, but will alleviate the irritation levels for sure. So, what you need to do is grab hold of someone you know and ask them to help you in removing it from your eye. Open your eye wide, by holding the eyelids apart and ask the person to blow gently into the eye. If it's a very tiny and dusty particle, it will surely come out with the gentle blowing. If it does not, then you can try out the other methods given below.

Flush it Out
So, you tried to blow the little speck out of your eye, but it won't budge, eh? Never mind. Here's another method you can try. You'll need to flush the particle from your eye, For this, you can employ any of the following methods.
  • Take an eye cleaner cup (these are expressly labeled for eye cleaning purposes) and fill it with water. Now, place your open eye in the water, and let the water enter it and close your eye. Remove the eye and check to see if the particle is out. If not, repeat the procedure.
  • You can also use a small and gentle water fountain to clean your eye out.
  • Take a clean eye dropper, fill it with either a saline solution (like the one used to clean contact lenses) or clean water. Lie down, open your eye and pull your lower lid outwards. Now, slowly press the drop and drip a drop or two of the liquid into the lower lid. Close the eye, and gently rub it to clean it. Then slowly open your eye. The particle should be out.
Wipe it Out
You've tried dry and wet treatment, but to no avail. Time for trying something else now. You'll need a clean cotton handkerchief or a cotton ear bud. Look into a mirror, under a bright light and first locate where the particle is. If you sense the presence of the object in your upper lid, then lift the upper lid and if it's in the lower portion, then needless to say, open up your lower lid. Once you see the tiny little miscreant, you need to exercise extreme caution. Gently take the cotton kerchief or cotton bud and wipe out the particle from your eye. Be very careful not to damage your iris in this process. A better idea would be to have someone you trust to do this for you as they'll have a better view and perspective.

Seek Medical Advice
If all else fails, you're going to have to go to the emergency room and get the darn thing out of your eye. Note that you can try one or two of the methods mentioned above and when they do not help you, or the condition recurs after temporary relief, you should consult your doctor for expert advice. He'll handle it in a more professional manner and remove the particle without causing damage to your eye. Also, if it's a bigger particle in your eye than you think you can handle, don't try out anything at home. Call for help or rush to the emergency room.

Proper eye care is very essential so as to avoid such distressing situations from recurring. When working around wood, metal, glass, etc. wear protective glasses to prevent fragments from getting wedged in your eye. Take care of your eyes, they are two of the most sensitive organs you have.
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