Small foreign objects in the eye, such as sand, dirt, or hair, can irritate, but they can generally be removed at home by flushing your eye with cold water, using artificial tears, or simply blinking repeatedly.
You can usually look into your eye to locate the object and remove it yourself if needed, but always wash your hands first and never use tweezers or any object other than your fingers to remove anything from your eye.
If you can’t locate the object and the irritation continues, call our office.
Large foreign objects, like glass or metal, can cause serious damage and require immediate medical attention, so make sure you call us as soon as possible. It is important to remember that if you have something large stuck in your eye, not to touch it or apply pressure, and do not attempt to remove it yourself.