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Questions and Answers on Foreign Body Removal

We asked Dr. Parker a few questions on Foreign Body Removal- a very common kind of eye emergency. Here is what he had to say.

Q. I have sand stuck in my eye, is it dangerous?

A: Yes it can be dangerous, it can cause serious scratching of your cornea. See your eye doctor right away, he or she can remove it with a microscope.

Q. I have something stuck in my eye; how should I remove it?
A: don’t try to remove it, try to rinse it first and get to your optometrist who can examine your eyes with a special microscope, do not go to an emergency room or walk in clinic, they do not have the proper examination equipment

Q. I feel like I have dirt in my eye when I wear contact lenses, is that dangerous?
A: Yes, a scratch of your cornea for a contact lens wearer can be the sign of more serious corneal ulcer and needs to be treated right away.

Q. I spilled a chemical in my eye, what should I do?
A: Rinse your eyes with a sterile eyewash or if not available you should use water- it is important that you flush your eyes as soon as possible. See your optometrist right away, you may need medication to help prevent a serious eye problem

Q. I spilled some chemical in my eye, should I remove my contacts or leave them in?
A: remove your contacts and rinse out your eyes, then see your local eye doctor to make sure there is no further damage to your eye.

For more information about Occular Emergencies, please click here.