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Foreign Bodies in the Eye

A foreign body in the eye is very uncomfortable, but most of the time it can be removed without needing to see an eye doctor (see below for tips). However, if you are concerned about being unable to remove it, or that it is something more dangerous such as glass or a chemical, call us immediately. Scroll below to see how to try and remove the object yourself. Should this not be enough, or you want assistance, contact our office immediately.

I got hit in the eye with a baseball, is that dangerous for my vision?

Yes. Trauma to the eye can cause a retinal bleed or detachment, among other potential damage.

Should I visit an eye doctor if I got a black eye?

If the trauma is directly to the eye or the black eye is severe, then yes. If vision is affected, then definitely. If in doubt, go to your eye doctor.

I have pain in my eye after getting a black eye, should I visit the emergency room or an eye doctor?

It is always best to see an optometrist if possible. We have the specific training and equipment required for treating eye emergencies.

What should I do if I spill chemicals in my eye?

If chemicals are spilled in the eye, it is best to thoroughly rinse the eye with water. Tap water is fine. The water can come from a shower, a kitchen sink sprayer or, if outside, a hose. You can pour water from a glass or bucket. The key is to use a lot of water and to do it immediately. You should do it up to 30 minutes, depending on how much chemical and what kind of chemical you get in your eyes. After rinsing, you should call your eye doctor.

What should I do if I get sand, metal, or wood, in my eyes?

For one of the above materials in the eye, try to rinse it out with water as described in the previous section. If the eye is then comfortable, it is likely that you have been successful. If there is still a foreign body sensation, you should see an eye doctor. It is always best to see an eye doctor, either an optometrist or an ophthalmologist, rather than going to an urgent care center or an emergency room. If that is not possible, then an urgent care center or an emergency room will probably be better than not being seen at all.