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Health Tip: When Something's Stuck in Your Eye

Health Tip: When Something's Stuck in Your Eye

09/01/10

(HealthDay News) -- A corneal abrasion occurs when the eye's cornea -- which protects the eye and helps focus light -- is scratched.

The American Academy of Family Physicians suggests how to avoid a corneal abrasion when there's something in your eye:

  • Don't rub the eye to remove a foreign object.
  • Rinse the eye with water or optical saline solution to try to flush out the object.
  • Blink frequently.
  • Gently pull your upper eyelid over the lower eyelid.
  • If the object is on the white of your eye, use a clean cotton tissue or swab to carefully lift it off.
  • Call the doctor if you can't remove the object.
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Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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