Don't rub the eye since
this can scratch the outer surface (cornea) of the
eye. You may have to keep small children from rubbing their
Wash your hands before touching the eye.
wear contact lenses, take your contacts out before you try to remove the object
or flush the eye.
If an object is over the dark center (pupil) of
the eye or over the colored part (iris) of the eye, you may try to
flush it out gently with water. If the object does not
come out with flushing, wear dark glasses and call your health professional.
Do not put any pressure on the eye.
object is on the white part (sclera) of the eye or inside the lower lid, wet a
cotton swab or the tip of a twisted piece of tissue and touch the end of it to
the object. The object should cling to the swab or tissue. Some minor
irritation is common after you have removed the object in this
Gently flush the eye with cool water. A clean eyedropper may
help. Often the object may be under the upper eyelid and can be removed by
lifting the upper lid away and flushing gently.
Do not try to remove a piece of metal from your eye, an object that has
punctured the eye, or an object stuck on the eye after flushing with
Never use tweezers, toothpicks, or
other hard items to remove any object. Using these items could cause eye
How this information was developed to help you make better health decisions.
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