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I have a foreign body in my eye? What can I do?

I have a foreign body in my eye? What can I do?

See an eye doctor: Foreign bodies that do not easily come out after flushing with water or lubricating eye drops need to be removed by a doctor. If you have a regular ophthalmologist and it is during regular office hours, you should call him/her and have the object removed immediately. Alternatively, if you do not have an ophthalmologist, many E.R. Doctors are able to remove the foreign body as well. ...Read more

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Foreign Body (Definition)

Something foreign means it is not supposed to be there and has been somehow come to be there, in ...Read more


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What are the symptoms of a foreign body in my eye?

What are the symptoms of a foreign body in my eye?

Irritation, redness: The #1 symptom is the feeling that you have something in your eye! that can manifest as a persistent irritation or scratching sensation. Foreign body may cause redness where the eye is usually white. Blurred vision is possible if the cornea (the clear front of the eye) is affected, but it isn't guaranteed. Try to wash your eye with sterile eye wash (not tap water). If that fails, go see a pro. ...Read more

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For 24 hours, I have a foreign body/dust in eye feeling in my left eye. Uncomfortable to blink or move eye. I can't see anything wrong. Is it dry eye or dust from living in big city?

For 24 hours, I have a foreign body/dust in eye feeling in my left eye. Uncomfortable to blink or move eye. I can't see anything wrong. Is it dry eye or dust from living in big city?

Foreign body: Since it is recent onset and in only one eye, sounds more like something is in your eye. You can try otc artificial tears just to rule out dryness. It may even wash out any foreign material. If no improvement, you should see an eye md. ...Read more

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What happens when a foreign body gets in the eye?

What happens when a foreign body gets in the eye?

Gets removed: Most ocular foreign bodies are actually "on" the eye, not "in" the eye, and are removed in the office with eyedrop anesthesia. More rarely, a rapidly moving foreign object will penetrate the wall of the eye, cornea or sclera, and ends up inside. In almost all cases, this will need to be urgently removed with a surgical procedure. The prognosis for recovery depends on the nature of the injury. ...Read more

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Is there an easy way to remove a foreign body (eye lash) from my eye?

Is there an easy way to remove a foreign body (eye lash) from my eye?

Flush with water: Although flushing with water may dislodge a foreign body such as an eyelash, if it does not release it, you may need to have it removed by a doctor. Do not attempt using anything to remove it - you risk injury and infection by doing so. ...Read more

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What is the best eyedrop that can be used after foreign body instillation into the eye ?

What is the best eyedrop that can be used after foreign body instillation into the eye ?

Best to have: Foreign body removed which often means a visit to the eye doctor (ophthalmologist) who can see if you damaged your cornea. They can also prescribe antibiotics as necessary. You can use cold water in the mean time to decrease pain and wash away the pain. But your eyesight is not something you could risk losing. Please see a doctor. ...Read more

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Foreign body sensation in eye when blinking, after chalazion surgery done. How long will it persist?

Foreign body sensation in eye when blinking, after chalazion surgery done. How long will it persist?

Heals rapidly: Chalazion removal is done from the inside of the lid using an inverting clamp. The inside opening can touch the eye with a sensation like a foreign object. This should rapidly disappear in a 1-3 day interval. If persistent after that, especially if the vision is affected, then see the ophthalmologist who did the surgery. ...Read more

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Right eyelid twitching started last Aug. and persisted for more than a month. Later on dry-eye symptoms such as foreign body sensation, grittiness and ocular pain both eyes. The grittiness got worse when I woke up at night, why? It is so irritating.

Right eyelid twitching started last Aug.  and persisted for more than a month. Later on dry-eye symptoms such as foreign body sensation, grittiness and ocular pain both eyes. The grittiness got worse when I woke up at night, why? It is so irritating.

Common problem: Eyelid twitching (myokymia) is a common and largely unexplained problem. It usually goes away on its own but sometimes this takes 3-4 weeks. Dry eyes are common in middle aged women and sometimes are aggravated by incomplete lid closure at night. Try a bedtime dose of a gel eye drop like Systane Gel. This should help to keep eyes lubricated until AM. ...Read more

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Dr. Says I have a foreign body under my conjunctiva. Could it be anything else that can cause similar symptoms?

Dr. Says I have a foreign body under my conjunctiva. Could it be anything else that can cause similar symptoms?

Unusual: Were you struck in the eye with a fast moving object.. Most objects striking the conjunctiva will embed in his tissue, and if they penetrate, will set up an inflammation. If it was fast enough to penetrate, there is a risk that it might have penetrated the eye. Is you vision OK? You might see an ophthalmologist to have this looked at and straightened out. ...Read more

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How do you get a foreign body out of your ear?

How do you get a foreign body out of your ear?

Variety of methods: If object does not absorb water try the direct flush method in the shower. Do not try this with objects that could expand when wet. If object is a bug you may try floating it out with a few drops of oil. If object is visible and you feel safe it is possible to grab it with tweezers. This requires a steady hand and ear. If object is really wedged then visit your local practitioner. ...Read more

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When victim of foreign body airway obstruction becomes unresponsive what is the next step? Cpr?

When victim of foreign body airway obstruction becomes unresponsive what is the next step? Cpr?

Clear the arway: Heimlick or other maneuvers. Heart will continue for a while after uncontiousness so no need for CPR yet. ...Read more

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Just wondering, how can foreign body objects (like coins) that are not sharp cause erosions or perforate the GI tract and other structures?

They usually: don't!!!!!!! (Unless they are "jammed in" eg impacted stool in the descending colon/rectum and this would be VERY unusual! Hope this is helpful! Dr Z ...Read more

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Does every patient treated with a mesh bladder sling, such as the miniarc, have chronic inflammation and foreign body reaction to the mesh and sling that continues over two years after surgery?

Does every patient treated with a mesh bladder sling, such as the miniarc, have chronic inflammation and foreign body reaction to the mesh and sling that continues over two years after surgery?

No: Most pt who have a sling do not have problems. Some women will have pain, painful intercourse, difficulty urinating or other problems. Sometimes it is necessary to remove the sling. The only way to know for sure is to see a specialist with a lot of experience treating mesh related complications. ...Read more

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Can you die from foreign body in a wound?

Yes: Infection anywhere can reach bloodstream and cause sepsis, multiple organ failure and ultimately death. ...Read more