What should I do if something is stuck in my eye (foreign body)

It is important not to rub your eye when something gets into it. The reason is that rubbing may cause scratching and corneal abrasions.

What should I do if something is stuck in my eye (foreign body) in Santa Clarita

What should I do if a toddler or baby has something stuck in their eye?

In the case that your child gets something in their eyes, make sure that they don't rub them. You can swaddle babies if they get something in their eyes.

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What are the symptoms of foreign bodies in the eyes?

Symptoms of a foreign body in the eye include:

  • A sharp pain followed by burning and irritation in your eye
  • You have a feeling that there is something in your eye
  • Watery and red eye
  • Blinking causes a scratchy feeling
  • The affected eye becomes blurry or loses its sight
  • Sensitivity to bright lights
  • An injury that results in bleeding into the white of the eye (subconjunctival hemorrhage).

If you notice any of these symptoms or experience sudden changes in your vision and find it difficult for you to perform your daily activities, please schedule an eye exam with our eye doctor in Santa Clarita.

How do I remove a particle in my eye?

If you have something embedded in your eye like a glass fragment, do not try to remove it. Have someone take you to the eye doctor or emergency room and cover both eyes with a wet washcloth.

Remove a loose eyelash, a dirt particle, or an object from your eye by:

  1. Wash your hands before touching your eyes.
  2. Examine your eye in a mirror and look for the object.
  3. Remove the object by trying the following methods:
  • You can try blinking to wash it away with your tears.
  • To remove a particle from behind your upper eyelid, pull the upper lid out and over the lower lid and roll your eye upwards. The particle will be flushed out of the eye after it comes off the upper lid.
  • If the object is under your lower eyelid or in the corner of your eye, use a wet cotton swab or corner of a clean cloth to remove it.
  • You can use a small juice glass or cup filled with lukewarm water. Open your eye and place it over the cup of water to rinse the object out of your eye.
How do I remove a particle in my eye?
When should you seek professional help?

When should you seek professional help?

In general something stuck in your eye should be looked at by an eye doctor after attempting to follow the steps above. Following are some of the situations which require immediate medical attention:

  • You've been poked in the eye by something.
  • Your eye has been pierced and something is stuck in it. Do not attempt to remove it yourself.
  • When you can't see anything in your eye after trying to get it out, but it still feels like there's something there.
  • Your eye bleeds.
  • You can't close your eye.
  • Despite removing the object, your eye doesn't feel better or gets worse.
When should you seek professional help?

How are foreign objects in the eye treated?

Treatment for foreign objects in the eye depends on what the object is, and how much contact it has made with the eye. Small foreign objects include dust, grit, or an eyelash that can be easily removed at home.

Seek medical attention immediately if there are larger foreign bodies or foreign bodies that have penetrated the eye. A professional eye care provider should be consulted if you have questions about the severity of the injury.

We encourage you to call our eye care clinic at (661) 775-1860. In many cases our eye doctor will want to examine your eye and will schedule you for an emergency eye exam. They may use different kinds of drops in your eyes, such as:

  • Medications that numb your eyes
  • Dye to see if there are any scratches on your eyeballs
  • Medications that enlarge your pupils

It is possible that your doctor will flush the object out of your eye. They may also use needles or other instruments to get it out. When the object penetrates your eyeball and becomes stuck inside your eye, you might have to have a special X-ray or ultrasound done to see where exactly it is. 

A superficial corneal injury can be treated with an ointment. Some eye ointments contain muscle-relaxants or antibiotics . Eye-muscle-relaxants make the pupil dilate a lot, causing the eye to become temporarily more sensitive to light and blurring your vision. You can use a painkiller like ibuprofen to relieve any pain in your eye. Painkillers are available as eye drops or tablets. Antibiotic eye ointment could be prescribed by your doctor to prevent an infection.

Should I patch my eye after having something stuck in it?

Eye patches usually aren't used for minor eye injuries. Studies have shown that they don't speed up the healing process, and could in fact slow it down. Only being able to see through one eye isn't only frustrating, it can also increase the risk of further accidents. You need both eyes to be able to judge how close or far away things are.

How do I remove a particle in my eye?

Common Questions

If you get a foreign body stuck in your eye; don't rub your eye, touch it, or apply pressure to it or attempt to remove it. The first step that you should do is to call our office in order to get specific guidance on your eye emergency, you can reach us at (661) 775-1860. Apply only medications or ointments prescribed by your eye doctor for the treatment of your injury to your eye. It is possible to suffer severe eye injuries even after a light impact. In the event of swelling, discoloration, pain, or visual disturbances, seek medical attention immediately.
What should I do if something is stuck in my eye (foreign body)
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Follow-up

To make sure your eye is healing properly and your vision is fine, our eye doctor may need to see you again. Make sure you do not miss this appointment. Although you may feel better, your eye may not have fully healed. A follow-up is needed to ensure the treatment has been effective. You can schedule an eye exam by calling (661) 775-1860. Patients with eye emergencies visit our clinic from all over California, and we are proud to be a leading provider of urgent eye care for patients from Santa Clarita, Valencia, Simi Valley, and Sylmar.

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  • My eight year old daughter was terrified to go to the eye doctor for fear of her eyes being dilated. The doctor was SO KID friendly! He immediately made her comfortable by engaging her in conversation. It was a geat experience.


    Joya B.

  • Dr. Garbus spent an amazing amount of time to solve my very complicated visual problems. Over the years he has continually achieved results beyond what others felt possible. He is always up to date on the latest science. He is great!


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  • Family Vision Care Valencia makes it so easy. Staff is knows what they are doing and Dr. Garbus is thorough and kept me well informed during the exam.


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  • I have been coming to Family Vision Center for almost 20 years. Dr. Garbus has been able to help my vision when other doctors could not. Now my kids see him as well. I highly recommend this office!


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  • The Doctor is very good. I felt on this visit he seemed rushed. I had questions to ask him but he was already with another patient. I still do not know if my eyes are the same , worse, or better.


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Testimonials


My eight year old daughter was terrified to go to the eye doctor for fear of her eyes being dilated. The doctor was SO KID friendly! He immediately made her comfortable by engaging her in conversation. It was a geat experience.


Joya B.

Dr. Garbus spent an amazing amount of time to solve my very complicated visual problems. Over the years he has continually achieved results beyond what others felt possible. He is always up to date on the latest science. He is great!


Dolores K.

Family Vision Care Valencia makes it so easy. Staff is knows what they are doing and Dr. Garbus is thorough and kept me well informed during the exam.


Kristy B.

I have been coming to Family Vision Center for almost 20 years. Dr. Garbus has been able to help my vision when other doctors could not. Now my kids see him as well. I highly recommend this office!


Autumn C.

The Doctor is very good. I felt on this visit he seemed rushed. I had questions to ask him but he was already with another patient. I still do not know if my eyes are the same , worse, or better.


Howard B.

All the staff is friendly, helpful and knowledgeable, and has been for all the years I have been going there.


Mary Ann H.
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