Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Foreign Body Eye Underlying Cause

Common causes of eye foreign bodies include:

  • Dislodged contact lenses
  • Dust
  • Eyelashes
  • Glass
  • Metal
  • Sand

High speed tools can propel objects through the air at high speed. If they hit the eye, these objects may penetrate through the surface of the eye and enter the eyeball (globe).

Tools include:
  • Drills
  • Grinders
  • Lawn trimmers
  • Saws

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Last Updated: Dec 10, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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