When you get something in your eye, it is most of the time possible to remove it gently. The cornea may be scratched if you get something in your eye that is sharp. There are a couple of days it takes for a scratched cornea to heal, and you may need to see your health care provider to be treated. You need to get immediate medical attention if you get a chemical in your eye or something is imbedded in your eye. For the treatment of your eye, follow these instructions.
What is the most effective way to get rid of a particle in my eye?
You should never attempt to remove anything from your eye (such as a piece of glass) if something is stuck in it. Make sure you cover both eyes with a wet washcloth and have someone take you to an eye doctor or the nearest emergency room.
You can remove a loose eyelash, dirt, or any object from your eye by following these steps:
- Before touching your eyes, wash your hands.
- Try to find what’s inside your eye in the mirror.
- You can remove the object by doing one of the following:
- Let your tears wash it away by blinking. Don’t rub your eyes.
- To roll your eye upwards if the particle is behind your upper eyelid, pull the upper lid out and over the lower lid. In this way, the particle can be expelled from the upper lid and flushed out of the eye.
- Remove the object from the corner of your eye or under your lower eyelid with a wet cotton swab or the corner of a clean cloth. Hold your lower eyelid open.
- Lukewarm water should be placed in an eyecup or small juice glass. Open your eye and put your eye over the glass of water to rinse your eye and flush out the object.
- By holding your eye under the faucet or pouring lukewarm water into your eye, you can flush out your eye.
How should I react if I get a chemical in my eyes?
A chemical burn to the eyes is a medical emergency. Here are the steps you need to take.
- You should immediately flush your eye with water by holding your head under the faucet or by pouring water into your eye from a clean container. Do not close your eye while you do this.
- Keep flushing for 15-30 minutes.
- Once you have flushed out your eye, call your health care provider or have someone take you to an urgent care center or emergency department.
- You may want to bring the container in which the chemical was in with you to your doctor.
How to remove chemicals from your eyes:
One of the two flushing methods mentioned above can be used to remove soap, shampoo, and cosmetics from your eye.
As a precaution, you should rinse your eyes well with water for 15 minutes after consuming household or professional-grade chemicals, and seek medical advice immediately for advice on your next step.
How to take care of contacts if you wear them:
Be sure to remove your contact lenses before flushing your eyes with water. By doing so, a better irrigation process will be achieved.
You should also double-check your contacts to ensure that the object you’re attempting to remove is not stuck on the actual lens. It is likely that you will need to replace your lenses if something has torn or damaged them.
Your contact lens may get stuck in your eye if you do not take good care of it. As a result, you will need to use the irrigation method described above to help remove your lens in this instance.
You should seek the assistance of a healthcare professional if you still find that your lens is stuck.