A 35-year-old female asked:
i got a small piece of metal in my eyeball, close to the colored part. i washed it out with saline solution and it feels fine.should i get it checked?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Emily Szewczyk answered
19 years experience Family Medicine
Yes: It is important that you see your eye doctor for a thorough exam. He or she will be able to examine your eye closely to make sure that there was no damage to your cornea and to be certain that you didn't miss any smaller pieces. You may also need some eye drops to prevent infection.
Answered on May 7, 2013
Dr. Richard Bensinger answered
51 years experience Ophthalmology
Not necessarily: If the metal flew in from dust or another low velocity source, it is unlikely that it penetrated the outer coats of the eye which are very tough. If the cornea was involved you will have pain and redness and vision changes. If there is no pain, no vision alteration, no redness and the source was low velocity (not from drilling, hammering etc.) then you can wait and observe.
Answered on Aug 29, 2015
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