August 3, 2005
Health Tip: If You've Got Something in Your Eye
Safe suggestions for how to remove it
(HealthDayNews) -- When a particle of dust or other foreign object gets stuck in your eye, don't rub your eye, advises the British Columbia Ministry of Health. This could scratch the cornea.
Here's what you should do:
- If you wear contact lenses, take them out before trying to remove the object.
- If the particle is over the dark center or colored part of your eye, try gently flushing it out with water. If it doesn't come out, put on dark glasses and get medical help.
- If the object is on the white part of your eye or inside the lower lid, use a moistened tissue to gently remove it.
- If it is stuck or embedded in the eyeball, cover your eye lightly with a clean dressing and get immediate medical help.