Health Tip: When Something's Stuck in Your Eye

-- A corneal abrasion occurs when the eye's cornea -- which protects the eye and helps focus light -- is scratched.

The American Academy of Family Physicians suggests how to avoid a corneal abrasion when there's something in your eye:

  • Don't rub the eye to remove a foreign object.
  • Rinse the eye with water or optical saline solution to try to flush out the object.
  • Blink frequently.
  • Gently pull your upper eyelid over the lower eyelid.
  • If the object is on the white of your eye, use a clean cotton tissue or swab to carefully lift it off.
  • Call the doctor if you can't remove the object.

Posted: September 2010


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