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Eye Foreign Body


An eye foreign body is an object that gets stuck in your eye. Tiny pieces of metal, dust, wood, and sand are the most common objects.



  • Eyedrops: Artificial tears may help soothe your irritated eye.
  • Antibiotic eye medicine: This is used to treat or prevent an infection. It may be given as eyedrops or as an ointment.
  • NSAIDs , such as ibuprofen, help decrease swelling, pain, and fever. This medicine is available with or without a doctor's order. NSAIDs can cause stomach bleeding or kidney problems in certain people. If you take blood thinner medicine, always ask if NSAIDs are safe for you. Always read the medicine label and follow directions. Do not give these medicines to children under 6 months of age without direction from your child's healthcare provider.
  • Pain medicines: You may need prescription pain medicine to take away or decrease pain. Do not wait until the pain is severe before you take your medicine.
  • Take your medicine as directed. Contact your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him of her if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.

Follow up with your healthcare provider or ophthalmologist within 5 days:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

Prevent another eye injury:

  • Do not rub your eye.
  • Do not wear contact lenses until your eye is healed, or as directed.
  • Always wear safety glasses, eye shields, or goggles when you do construction work.
  • Rest your eyes as directed. Ask your healthcare provider if you should avoid reading or computer work.

Contact your healthcare provider or ophthalmologist if:

  • Your symptoms do not get better, even after the foreign body is removed.
  • You have white or yellow fluid draining from your eye.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Return to the emergency department if:

  • Your pupil looks misshapen.
  • You have decreased or blurry vision.
  • You have new or worse eye swelling.
  • You have severe eye pain.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.