If dirt, dust, or an eyelash gets in your eye, resist the impulse to rub it. Instead, try flushing these tiny particles with a few drops of artificial tears or water (using an eye cup or small glass). Fill the glass with water and place the lower rim of the glass on the bone at the base of the eye socket. Slowly tip the glass upward, and let the water run over your opened eye. Otherwise, have someone inspect your eye by gently pulling your lower lid downward while you look upward. Then, reverse the procedure for the upper lid. If the foreign object can be located, have it removed with a moistened swab or clean cloth.
If an object is embedded in the eyeball, doesn’t move with blinking, causes pain or sensitivity to light, or decreases vision, do not attempt to remove it yourself. Instead, seek emergency care.
At Susskind & Almallah Eye Associates, our top priority is the health of your eyes. From illustrating common eye safety practices to offering comprehensive eye care services, our ophthalmologists are here to meet your needs. Schedule an eye examination today by calling 732-349-5622. We welcome patients from across New Jersey at our Manalapan Township, Toms River, Brick, and Barnegat offices.