Foreign Objects in the Eye Emergency Care

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If you get a foreign object in the eye, try to flush it out with clean water or saline solution. Use an eyecup or a small, clean glass positioned with its rim resting on the bone at the base of your eye socket.

Helping Someone with Something in their Eye

  1. Wash your hands.
  2. Seat the person in a well-lighted area.
  3. Gently examine the eye to find the object. Pull the lower lid down and ask the person to look up. Then hold the upper lid while the person looks down.
  4. If the object is floating in the tear film on the surface of the eye, try flushing it out. If you're able to remove the object, flush the eye with a saline solution or clean, lukewarm water.


Seek emergency medical assistance when: