Eye- Foreign Body in Eye

Foreign bodies or particles may get lodged or blown into the eye. Some of the more common particles include eyelash, sand, dirt, grit or pollen. Once something has become lodged, rubbing the eye can cause further damage by scratching the cornea.  Occasionally, a contact lens may get stuck in the eye.

Signs and Symptoms:

  • Eye feels gritty
  • Tearing and watery
  • Redness
  • Pain
  • Increased blinking
  • Blurred vision
  • Light sensitivity


Most particles that get stuck in the eye can be easily flushed out or removed at home. Wash your hands before you begin. Try placing your eye under a running faucet of tepid water (not too hot and not too cold) while blinking multiple times to rinse the particle from the eye. If you do not have a sufficient faucet, a bowl or pan of water will be suitable to submerge the eye or you can try rinsing the eye in the shower. If unsuccessful in removing the particle or if you continue to have discomfort, follow up with a provider.

If your contact is stuck, moisten your eye with drops. Hold your lower lid down while looking up toward the ceiling. Pull the contact down and pinch to remove it from the eye.

Once the particle has been removed, tearing and watering of the eye usually clears up within a short period of time. If symptoms persist, see a provider for evaluation due to the possibility of a scratch to the cornea.

If a chemical has been splashed into the eye, see a provider or go to the Emergency Room immediately!


  • Wear goggles or eye protection when possible