If you have injury or trauma to the eye that causes eye pain or interferes with vision, close the eye and gently hold a cool compress on it on your way to see a doctor. However, if you get small foreign bodies in your eye, such as dirt or other particles, it may not be a medical emergency. Your eyes have their own mechanisms in place to deal with the situation and there are things you can do to help them.
- Close your eyelids gently and get a tissue. Your eye may be increasing tear production to flush out the dirt. Allow your eyes to water and the tears to wash them clean. Do not rub your eyes: use the tissue to gently blot up the overflow as it washes out of your eye.
- Make yourself cry to wash your eyes with tears if they are not watering on their own in response to the particle in your eye. Thinking of something that makes you sad might help with tear production.
- Blink your eye several times. The blinking reflex in the eye allows the lashes and lids to move tears, bacteria and debris out of the eye.
- Stretch you upper eyelid over your lower eyelid and then blink your eye repeatedly. This allows the lashes on the lower lid to sweep the dirt out of your eye.
- Wash the dirt out of your eye using an over-the-counter eyewash or clean water with an eye cup. You can also apply gentle pressure with stream of water to wash debris from your eye, using your fingers to hold your lids open.
6. Seek emergency medical treatment right away if these attempts have failed to get the dirt or other debris out of your eye. Visit an eye doctor at 20/20 Eyeglass Superstore and have a complete eye examination. We have experienced ophthalmologists who diagnose eye disease and eye problems and they also do eye checkups and prescribe eye glasses and contacts lenses. If you have any query about eye problem feel free to contact us.
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