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How to get something out of your eye

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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!

Sources:
http://www.baptistonline.org/health/health_library/eye4220f.asp
http://www.uihealthcare.com/topics/eyesandvision/eyes4516.html


 
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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

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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?

asmeckly19 days ago
Thank you so much, I only knew two of the tricks!
tbrown683 months ago
OMG THANK YOU SO MUCH #STEP3 I DONE IT & MY SISTER TOOK IT OUT FOR ME I FEEL SOOOO MUCH BETTER I AM GOING TO SHARE THIS PAGE TO EVERYONE !
tbrown683 months ago
How do you do step 3 ?
Addy7718 months ago
Thanks a bunch! The upper eyelid thing worked like a charm.
dlfamily9 months ago
"Pull your upper eyelid over the lower one and roll your eye upwards" This worked for me after trying to flush before i went to bed... gave up, when i woke up it was still there tried flushing it out some more no luck, finally found this article, THANK YOU THANK YOU, saved from misery.
gamegrrl9 months ago
OMG. The blinking thing worked. Thank you a million times!
Al32010 months ago
So is that all? Does that alone remove it, or do you still have to get the particle out of your eye once it has moved from being hidden in your upper eye-lid, to a viewable area? And what is the best way to do this?
jemcmiller11 months ago
I've had something in my eye since yesterday! I went to bed early because I couldn't take it anymore. I hoped sleep would do the trick. Nope, Still there! I was desperate to get it out and not have to go to the Dr. I did a search and your advice was first to come up. I tried tip #3 a couple times to no avail, but I kept trying. It worked. So thankful!
Aforementioned12 months ago
I love you. I got a small stone stuck in my eye about half an hour ago, and had been rinsing and rinsing to no avail. Came on here and read the steps. Did the lid over lid and eye roll (up and down) alternating with a few big blinks, probably 10-20 times. Went for another rinse, something intensely painful happened (I guess that was the stone coming out) and now my eye is a little sore, but at least the damned thing is gone!!!
bakdrft1 year ago
Good Post ,but. When covering up an eye you must cover both. The idea behind covering up an eye is to keep it protected. The flaw here is that you MUST then cover both eyes. Human eyes do not move independently they BOTH move, No matter how you try both will move even if one is covered up. So cover both eyes.
Jeeenie1 year ago
Wow !!! You're a genius ! Headed to the doc but thought I'd search the web first ! Been in pain for about 12 hours. Step 3!!!!!!!
fattie1 year ago
So I woke up, went to wash my face, I used a scrub that morning, applied, scrubbed, rinsed. As I chucked water on my face for the last time I felt something in my eye, the same feeling I get when I have an eyelash in there. Since I have long eyelashes and plenty of them, this happened often. So I checked it out in the mirror but couldnt see anything. It seemed to be in the top eyelid section. It didnt seem to be an eyelash, it could have been a scrub particle, though whatever it was I couldnt see it. I fiddled with my eye for 5 minutes, nothing. Everytime i tried blinking I could feel it poking my eye as my eyeball rolled to the top eyelid. It was getting red and sore. I said a little prayer to God to relieve me from my turmoil. So I googled it and this came up. The first practical solution was to pull the top eyelid over the bottom. Hmmm...never done that before, so I went over to the mirror and after a couple of tries I managed to pull my top lid over the bottom, I gave my eyeball a quick roll around, then opened my eyes and blinked, that horrible feeling was gone! It had worked! I said a little thank you to God for making such brainy helpful people. Thank you brainy helpful people!!!
khyndman1 year ago
Thank you soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much! I was getting so scared I was going to have "sand" in my eye forever
QStarrDaze1 year ago
I'm in so much pain! My mom is not taking this serious at all. Today at school I went to the nurse, she tried to flush my eye out with eye drops but nothing seemed to worked. Even my friends tried to blow in my eye... long story short, I got all this spit in my eye for nothing. Lol. But the constant pain is getting in that way of me enjoying my day and that really sucks for me. My nurse even told me to go to the doctor. But here I am, sitting here looking for ways to solve my pain.
mahtabmd1 year ago
Hi , Thanks a lot for your help.. I was feeling irritated with something stuck under my upper eyelid. I am relieved using the step-3 . i just want to thank you from bottom of my heart....

Thanks and Regards,
Mahtab Md.
htruelson1 year ago
OMG!!! I have no words to say how much I can thank you for Step 3! I have had this IRRITATING pain for about nearly 2 days and i thought i had my eye scratched, I tryed all kinds of techniques with flushing out water or blink hard and finally you helped me in 1 MINUTE! Thank you so much for making my day ever so brighter.
Jomack071 year ago
Amazing!!!! I just had to wake my husband up in the middle of the night to go to the store to get some eyedrops for me. I couldn't even close my eyes it hurt so bad. Tried this step while he was gone and it worked. OMG thank you soooo much!!!! Now I can go back on the boat tomorrow for some holiday weekend fun! :)
ajohnson621 year ago
Sweet beard of Zeus! who thought rolling your eyes could be this beneficial! thank you so much! I thought i was going to be spending hours at AE, the upper lid over the lower lid seemed to work a treat for everyone else and after having to sleep with what ever was wedged at the back of my eyeball i gave it a go. I tried about 10 times, I even thought my cornea was scratched it was so painful,I got what was wedged at the top of my eye first then the mega painful lower eye. Lid over lid roll works!
XLorigonzX1 year ago
Thank you!!!!!! I was riding my bike in a gravel trail and got a teeny yiny rock sick in my eye for over an hour. I was contemplating going to the ER since my eyes started swelling a bit and randomly twitching. I came across your guide and it worked like a charm! I appreciate it greatly!!!!!!!!!
triafgg1 year ago
Step 3 Saved me from a visit to A&E, and a miserable evening, thank you so much. I had tried pulling the top eyelid over but it didn't work until I tried it with rolling up the eye and the big blink. Superb.
bevjeffray1 year ago
This trick worked immediately for me! Thank you sooo much!
Riding my scooter to work tonight and in spite a visor and windscreen on my bike... something got in my eye. Have spent the last 5 hours attempting to get it out and and was sure my eye must be scratched. I had already tried the upper eye-lid over bottom without success. thank goodness for your instructable! Rolling the eye upward is the trick while holding the upper eyelid over the bottom. Thank You!
step 3 worked for me too (pulling the upper eyelid over the lower one and rolling the eye ball)!! Thank you so much
~Meme~2 years ago
It helped get my eye out of my eye.
shannonlove2 years ago
This step worked for me. A gust of wind blew several intact oak stamina right into my one good eye. Just lifted my specs for a second. A rather agonizing 15 minutes stumbling around largely blinded.

I tried flush and everything else but I couldn't remember the eye rotation. Fortunately, I could type by touch and read enough to get here

Back in the stone age when I was in the Scouts we memorized steps to clear our eyes. I thought I'd never forget them. Apparently I did. 
stormeye2 years ago
Step 3 did the trick - made my evening so much nicer. Thank you!
Shadow84872 years ago
I have Tried all the steps... its still not out! I'm starting to think there's nothing even in there maybe just infected

its on the bottom of my eye and its a little bit swollen-got any suggestions????
Lithium Rain (author)  Shadow84872 years ago
Oooh, yeah - if it's swollen and/or you suspect infection, best see a doctor. Be well!
Yeah ok, went to see a docter today he didnt say much just gave me an eye test, so yeah most likley a infection. Thanks for the time you put in to put those steps on this website!!! :)
Lithium Rain (author)  Shadow84872 years ago
Yikes! Glad you went to get help - thanks for updating me. :) (And no problem - I just collated resources from other sources :) )
Ok thanks
so much better today still swollen but no pain!!!:P
Rusty12152 years ago
I had already tried putting upper lid over bottom lid and it didn't work. When I tried your method with rolling the eye upward while doing that, IT WORKED!! Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you!!!
kmroche22 years ago
WOW!!!! I have a 9 year old daughter who tried EVERYTHING until this method and this one worked!! She pulled the eyelid over the other one several times, blinked several times and repeated that process twice. Amazing! That "thing" is gone. We are all happy now.
EyePain2 years ago
THIS STEP WORKED! Thank you so much :)
NYKILLER2 years ago
I Tried All 3 Steps....I Cant Get It Out.. I Think Its A Shaving Of A Cardboard Box... Any Ideas?
ugggh. woke up this mornin and got a piece of eye cookie in my eye and no matter how hard I try its still in my eye!!! :(
showard52 years ago
Thank you so so so much! I was starting to wonder if I had scratched my cornea because whatever it was I could not find it! Tried the pulling my top lid over my bottom one trick and it worked after 2 tries! *hugs* You saved Thanksgiving!
Lithium Rain (author)  showard52 years ago
You're welcome! I'm glad this was helpful! :) *returns hugs*
pwhalin2 years ago
THANK YOU SO MUCH! I HAVE TRIED SO MANY THINGS FOR ABOUT AN HOUR AND A HALF! STEP 3 WORKED!!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
pkhare32 years ago
This method worked after 30 minutes. Back to making my shelf.
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