Usually if you get something in your eye, your eye will tear up and wash out the foreign body. Sometimes, though, something gets in your eye and you can't quite get it out. A couple of health and safety warnings before we get whatever it is out of your eye. First off, be careful not to stratch your corneas. A scratched cornea can be quite painful and take a couple of days-if not longer- to heal. Be careful, and don't go poking around in your eye with anything that has any kind of sharp tip.

Also, be sure to wash your hands so you don't give yourself an eye infection.

If you have anything embedded in your eye, or bits of glass, metal, very large foreign bodies or chemicals in your eye, don't try to get them out yourself. Tape a paper cup over your eye and head to the ER or your doctor's office.

With that said, on to getting that thing out of your eye!

Edit: I completely neglected to cite sources I quoted. Mea culpa. If this was a paper, I'd get an F. 
Thank goodness it's not and I don't!


Step 1: Method to try

Look in a mirror, if one's handy, and try to locate where the foreign object is in your eye.

The method you try will likely depend on where the nasty bit is in your eye.

First, no matter where the object is, try blinking. I don't mean a little sissy *wink, wink*. I mean, really BLINK. If this works and the object is out of your eye, congratulations! Please post a comment and tell me what a difference this instructable made in your life. Everyone else move on to the next method.

Step 2: Something else to try

Next, try flushing out the eye with some lukewarm water. You can hold your eye under a running facet, or take some water in a small cup and pour it in your eye to flush it out.

Still got something in there?

Step 3: No joy? Keep at it...

If the particle is behind your upper eyelid, Pull your upper eyelid over the lower one and roll your eye upwards.

Step 4: Oh, dear. It's still not out?

If it is under your lower eyelid or in the corner of your eye,
hold down your lower eyelid and use the corner of a clean handkerchief or a q-tip to gently try and get it out.

Step 5: I'm afraid you're beyond all help...

Still have something in your eye? Sorry, I can't help you. You'll need to go to an opthalmalogist or the ER.

I hope this helped/entertained you for a minute.

<p>here's #3 in case you're like me and was not patient enough at first to actually find #3: If the particle is behind your upper eyelid, Pull your upper eyelid over the lower one and roll your eye upwards. tried everything, except this until I got frustrated looking for step 3 : ) ya, step 3 is money - thanks very very much</p>
<p>Step 3 was amazing!! Thank you so much</p>
Step 3 did it on the 4th try, freaking thank you!
I literally created an account to say this i thought the comments talking about step 3 were bots but i decided to try it and on the fourth try it finally worked. Ty
<p>A piece of dirt went in my eye last night and couldn't get it out...couldn't sleep right all night because it hurt...woke up this morning still hurting and my eye was bloodshot and watering. Tried step 3 - worked on the 5th try! Object is suddenly gone! Thank you sooo much. I was planning on going to the eye doctor today!</p>
<p>Had something behind my eyelid for hours. Tried flushing it out over and over. Found this and tried step three...I have no idea where it went, but its gone! I was beginning to think I was going to have to go to urgent care!</p>
So step 3 deserves a gold medal in this one. I was up under a sink when some porcelain bits fell into my eye. I rinsed it out with visine and still nothing. It was looking like another one of those days where you gotta put on an eyepatch and deal with it until it goes away on its own.. Literally ruined my day. Until step 3 came along!
<p>Step 3 is everything!!!! I couldn't get whatever was in my eye for the past hour and i was getting so irritated. Thank you for posting this ! I don't know how it worked but it surely did. </p>
<p>omg ❤️ Step 3 was a life saver ? I tried flushing it out with eye drops but it didn't work so I found this list and step 3 worked in seconds ??</p>
<p>Amazing! I'd had this thing in my eye for sixteen hours. I thought at first that it would just come out like normal, but apparently it had decided to move in for good. I was just about to commence some good ol' fashioned home surgery when I came across this article. Thank you Step 3 for saving my right eye! You know, my uncle's blind in one eye, so it kinda runs in the family, but I am glad I didn't have to prise the thing out. Not this time anyway... Thankfully, I'm just going to be dealing with some soreness here.</p>
<p>Thanks for this. It worked. Flushing and step 3.</p>
OMG!! Try this with a couple of eyedrops before you do it and it works way quicker!! Thanks for the tip ahhh!!
Yo so I got something in my eye, and it was driving me crazy. I tried flushing it all kinds of things. I went to bed woke up and it was still there. I was ready to go to the er, so I googled it. I read this article and tried soaking it in warm water, that also didn't work. So I gave number 3 a try, and what do you know! It came out! I was in disbelief. Thanks so much! Now it just feels like I scratched it.... Thanks again!
<p>Thank you step 3 saved me!!!!!!!!!!!</p>
I have a white piece of something in my right eye and on the outer black line of the color. I don't know what it is and it won't flush out. Any help??
Number 3 is a sanity saver! Thank you!!!
Sir !! ... step 3 is the best thing you have up ur sleeve.. its 5 45 am.. since last night this fragment got me wrecked out.. thnks a lottt
<p>As others attest, step 3 works the best!! ;-)</p>
Omg step 3 really really really made me kneel down &amp; thank god ❤️
Step 3! Was hard to get hold of upper lid but only took about 5 minutes
<p>#3 IS INDEED THE TRUTH! A whole day of suffering and on the verge of going to the er and now it's all good. </p>
<p>The comments are all true. Method 3 is a F***ING LIFE SAVER! THANK YOU KIND SIR!!!</p>
(&acute;・_・`) Id also like to point out it was method 3 that helped me... Good night all \(^o^)/
(&acute;・_・`) Id also like to point out it was method 3 that helped me... Good night all \(^o^)/
Thank you SOOO MUCH. its 5:30 am and i've had some magical little sh*t in my eye for 2 hours and thanks to you I can finally sleep (〒︿〒) im so happy you deserve a f**king oscar or something of that manner. There is a spot for you in heaven sir...... Im so tired..
Thank you for the third step ! I was going crazy :(
The 3rd method worked well but only after a good flushing with water tried everything had the fragmentnt stuck in my eye for going on 9 hours so thanks alot for the advice worked great
Thank you so much. I was about to gouge my eye out ?
<p>Wow step 3 worked! Had something in my eye for close to 30 minutes, quite an irritating feeling. Tried step 3 and the feeling was gone in seconds!</p>
Help someone ive been trying everything to get an invisble object out its soooooo annoyying<br> And sore
Tell me what happened because I have the same problem, but I think your eye is just irritated. I woke up and did all the steps and it hurts now, So I think it's just irritated.
Tried blinking. Nope. For how much time should you put your eyelid over the other one? :'(
<p>AMAZING! I feel like my life was saved just now by a random internet savior! Thank you for this method.</p><p>It took me a couple tries and a few minutes but i got it!</p>
Hey! I have a small object behind the upper lid of my left eye and it is located more to the side. I tried the method whereas I hold my upper lid down and roll up my eyes. It still didn't work. I did have this last time and it was gone for a while. I didn't know what happened and here it is again. Should I confront a doctor?
Step three worked!! Yeah! This little bugger has been killing me for a week. Thanks!!!
<p>the first step worked for me god that thing was killing me !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and my mom didnt make anything better she start yelling at me but she kinda helped .</p>
<p>After 2 days, this morning i made two attempts at Step 3 &amp; the eyelash is out. Thank you.</p>
I had something on my upper eyelid. Thanks so much, its been like an hour since I had it!
<p>I had a hair in my eye all day yesterday, it's caused me a dry pink eye... It was my 29th birthday!! I spent most the day with the one eye closed. It never fell out but somehow I feel asleep at the end of the day... only to wake up to dry eyes and eye gunk and now that wont go away... I have no idea what to do at this point. </p>
<p>Sounds like you might have bacterial conjunctivitis which may or may not have occured due to the foreign body. </p>
<p>I can feel something inside my eye but not sure whether it is a hair. It has been there for 3 days. I tried all the 3 methods above but it doesn't work on me. I have no idea what else to do. Any other tips?</p>
<p>i also have same issue but its been almost 7 days .... I have been to my doctor too many times lately i just can't afford to go back, i tried all the methods but it still feels like something is in it, i can't see anything in it, its so annoying..! did yours come out?</p>
<p>There may be other issues at work here, common issues for prolonged sensation of a foreign body in the eye can include:</p><ul> <br><li><a href="http://www.richmondeye.com/eyehealth_foreignbody/#drye" rel="nofollow">Dry Eye</a><li><a href="http://www.richmondeye.com/eyehealth_foreignbody/#corn" rel="nofollow">Corneal Abrasion (scratched eye)</a><li><a href="http://www.richmondeye.com/eyehealth_foreignbody/#intu" rel="nofollow">Inturned eyelash (trichiasis)</a><li><a href="http://www.richmondeye.com/eyehealth_foreignbody/#corf" rel="nofollow">Corneal foreign body</a><li><a href="http://www.richmondeye.com/eyehealth_foreignbody/#fore" rel="nofollow">Foreign body under eyelid</a><li><a href="http://www.richmondeye.com/eyehealth_foreignbody/#recu" rel="nofollow">Recurrent or Spontaneous corneal erosion</a> </ul>
<p>DUDE! See a doctor! Three days?!</p>
<p>Step 3 saved me! I have had it for the last 3 hours and I am about to go and give a talk and feared leaky irritated eye distractions! </p>
One eye*
Thanks alot , step 3 worked , for the past 2 hours ive been playing football with one
I just blinked really hard and it worked.. Thanks

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