Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Corneal Foreign Body Home Care

Home care for an eye foreign body may include:

  • Avoid rubbing your eyes.
  • Wash your hands before touching the injured eye.
  • For glass fragments around the eye:
    • Bend over with the eyes closed.
    • Blow on the closed eyelids.
    • Scotch tape may remove small fragments from the outer eyelid.
  • Try to remove the foreign body from your eye:
    • Gently rinse the eye with tap water or eyewash.
    • Place your face in a bowl of water and then open and close eyes under water.
    • If you have dirt under the upper lid, pull the upper lid out and draw it over the lower lid.
  • Remove contact lenses.
  • Acetaminophen for pain
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain:
  • Take prescribed medications as directed:
    • Don't skip doses of your medication. This makes them less effective.
    • Be aware of the common side effects that may be caused by your medication.

Corneal Foreign Body Warning Signs

Notify your doctor if you have an eye foreign body and any of the following:

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Last Updated: Feb 22, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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