How to Deal with a Foreign Object in the Eye

Having a small foreign object in the eye is not life threatening, though it can cause an immense amount of discomfort. Follow these steps to flush the eye clear.

You will need

  • Soap
  • A well-lit area
  • An eyecup or small glass
  • Warm water
  • A mirror
  • Saline solution

Step 1 Wash hands Wash your hands thoroughly, and find a well-lit area where you can examine the eye. If you’re examining your own eye, find a mirror as well.

Step 2 Examine eye Carefully examine the eye by pulling the lower lid down while the person looks up. Then have them look down as you raise the upper lid.

Step 3 Flush the eye Thoroughly rinse an eyecup or a small glass. Fill it halfway with lukewarm water or saline solution. Press the rim tightly around the eye to prevent spilling, then tilt the head back, flushing the eye while the person blinks a few times and rolls their eye around.

Step 4 Flush several times If the foreign object doesn’t wash away, flush a few more times, rinsing the eyecup with clean water after each use.

Step 5 Seek medical attention If irritation persists, stop flushing and seek medical attention. The person may have suffered a corneal abrasion.