Don’t Live With the Discomfort of Having Something Stuck in Your Eye

You may have something stuck in your eye due to a simple mishap, falling debris, the wind, or a projectile. Depending on the circumstances and the type of object involved, the event can cause annoying discomfort or debilitating pain. In most cases, you’ll find it difficult to ignore, because many foreign objects can interfere with your vision. While your eye may flush out small objects with tears, many objects can require removal by an eye professional

Removing a foreign body without damaging the eye requires knowledge and experience. Optometrist Jacob West, OD, of West Vision in Tyler, Texas, specializes in skillfully removing all types of foreign bodies from patients’ eyes. When a foreign object in your eye requires emergency eye care, West Vision will work to ensure that you’re seen as quickly as possible to get immediate relief.

How a foreign object can get stuck in your eye

You can get an object stuck in your eye as the result of activities that happen at work or home. Wind or falling debris can cause dirt, sand, or sawdust to enter your eye. Working with equipment, such as hammers or drills, can propel wood or metal shards into your eye. Foreign objects that enter your eye intensely and quickly, such as a projectile from an explosion, can put you at the highest risk for serious and permanent eye damage. 

You can also get something stuck in your eye as the result of a fall. Falls rank as the most common cause of eye injuries in the United States.

Signs that a foreign object is in your eye 

In most cases, you’ll know that you have something in your eye because of the event that caused it. If your vision isn’t affected, you may be able to see the object when you look in a mirror. However, smaller objects, such as grains of sand, may be difficult to see even with clear vision. 

If you believe you have something stuck in your eye, you’ll probably have some degree of eye pain or a feeling of discomfort or pressure. Your eye may react to the foreign object with extreme persistent tearing. You may also experience excessive blinking or pain when you look directly at a source of light. Over time, you may develop redness or a bloodshot eye. 

In most cases, a foreign object affects your cornea, the clear protective surface of your eye. Foreign objects can scratch your cornea and make it feel like you have sand in your eye even after you remove the object. 

Treatment to remove foreign objects

Having an object stuck in your eye can be uncomfortable and interfere with daily activities. It can also put you at risk for infection and long-term damage to your vision. If an object isn’t easily removed by tears or flushing your eye with water, don’t attempt to remove it yourself. Using home tools, such as tweezers or cotton swabs, can increase damage to your eye. Furthermore, attempting to remove an object on your own could force it deeper into your eye and cause more damage.

If the foreign object contains chemicals or entered your eye at a high rate of speed and remains embedded in your eye, you’ll need immediate attention. Objects with rough or sharp edges, or those that prevent your eye from completely closing, will also require professional removal. 

Until you get help, you can minimize damage to your affected eye if you avoid putting pressure on it until the object is removed. Bandage your eye with a clean cloth to minimize eye movement. If you have assistance, cover your uninjured eye, too, as this can further help minimize movement of the injured eye.

If you have something in your eye or think you do, don’t put off getting treatment. Ignoring it can lead to long-term eye damage. Book an appointment online or over the phone with West Vision today.

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