First Aid: How To Treat Foreign Objects In The Eye


Foreign object in the eye is any object that lodges itself in the eye. Small objects will be washed out by tears / blinking while others would need medical attention to bring them out.



  • Dust
  • Debris
  • Sand
  • Contact lens
  • Eye lash
  • Make up
  • Flying objects like glass




  • Itching
  • Irritation
  • Pain 
  • Sensitivity to bright light
  • Blurry vision



  • Wash hands before helping the victim
  • Seat the person in a lighted area
  • Gently examine the eye
  • Pull lower eyelid downward
  • Ask the person to look upward
  • Then hold upper eyelid while person looks down
  • If object is floating try flushing it out
  • Otherwise, touch the object with wet cotton bud 
  • Object should cling to the cotton bud
  • If object is removed, flush eyes with saline/warm water
  • If object cannot be removed, see a doctor
  • If object is embedded, do not touch
  • Cover the eyes with paper cups and tape it
  • Consult doctor immediately


Steps to Avoid


  • Avoid rubbing eyes
  • Do not remove an embedded object
  • Do not try to remove a large object

Consult a doctor 


  • When the object cannot be removed
  • When object is embedded
  • When the person’s vision is affected
  • When the scratching sensation persists
  • When pain persists even after removing object




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