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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

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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?

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After 2 days, this morning i made two attempts at Step 3 & the eyelash is out. Thank you.

loganizer2 days ago
I had something on my upper eyelid. Thanks so much, its been like an hour since I had it!
ForeverLA2 months ago

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.

Sounds like you might have bacterial conjunctivitis which may or may not have occured due to the foreign body.

jacworkspace2 months ago

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?

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?

There may be other issues at work here, common issues for prolonged sensation of a foreign body in the eye can include:

DUDE! See a doctor! Three days?!

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!

rahim998 days ago
One eye*
rahim998 days ago
Thanks alot , step 3 worked , for the past 2 hours ive been playing football with one
Liyyuu10 days ago
I just blinked really hard and it worked.. Thanks
Arshiab6713 days ago
AMAZING! It wasn't coming out... Thank you so much! Step 3 is genius!!
bugie14 days ago
Step 3 was the best
Step 3 is the greatest thing that hass happened to me in life.
mpsmith8222 days ago

Step 3 - HURRAY!!

NLopez3524 days ago
Holy! Thank you! I got super scared that i needed to go to the ER! It happened while i was asleep, which is weird, the pain discomfort woke me up, i flushed it several times! Only holding it would stop the discomfort, i was sure none other method was going to work but intried #3 and it worked! It totally worked! Ive done it about 3 times now just to make sure whatever was in, gets out completely and fully, i can now go back to sleep for 1 more hour! Thankyouuu! ((:
KrishanP24 days ago
I did step 3, at first it felt like something went back into my eye, I tried again and it fell out. THANK YOU SOOOO MUCHHH
TaylorI1 month ago

Thank you so much!!! I saw how everyone was praising step 3 and thought it sounded too good to be true but it actually helped!! No ER tonight!

fsimjee2 months ago
Thanks Lithium Rain. Step 3 helped me. Wish I knew about this before ☺
AdrianW23 months ago

I dont see anything in the mirror, also how do I pull it over my upper eylid over my lower one?

Exactly how it sounds. You pull the top one over the bottom one.

Thanks so much! Had something in my eye since last night - much the same as below. scratching feeling and unable to see the object. Tried to sleep it off, still here this morning. tried to flush it out, thought I couldn't see step three (press orange next above these comments) and although I can't see what fell out my eye feels instantly cleared. THANK YOU SO MUCH! I can get on with my day.

Greeneyeslinz3 months ago
I too got results from step 3. At first I didn't think it was gonna work. It took me about 10/15 minutes before I got relief. My eye is sore, but soooo relieved!!! I was just laying in my bed and next thing I know my eye has something in it. Looked in the mirror, used eye drops & Q-tips....nothing! I was seriously fixing to go the ER, because there was no way sleep was possible. Again, thanks for saving the night! :)

Yes!! Blinking and flushing out with eye drops did nothing, but thanks for the tip on pulling down my top eyelid. It worked!!

natalieharhar3 months ago

Step 3 seriously just worked like a charm! i was just sitting on my bed when i felt something fall into my eye, looked in the mirror, couldn't see anything, it was like this scratchy pain. tried rinsing out my eye with water, didn't help; used lubricating eyedrops; didn't help, did step three for about 30 sec, MAGIC!! i am so relieved. thank you!!!!!!!!

After doing step 3 about 10 times my eye was fine! Thanks bro!

Step 3 has just saved my life
BayuP23 months ago

Oh wow, step 3 was a lifesaver. Don't be discouraged if it doesn't work at first, I only got results after 40-50 tries. Looking in a mirror might help.

Thanks for the article - just for the help of anyone else out there what worked for me in the end was chopping a couple onions and crying like hell. Good luck to everyone.

Like everyone else , number 3 solved the problem immediately. I thought i was going to have to go to the emergency room. Thank you!
Thanks step # 3 helped completely. Wow ive had something in my eye for over 30 minutes and im cured! THANKS!!!
ChrisF34 months ago

step 3 = instant relief

Oh thank goodness #3. There has been something In my eye literally alllllll day. Work was not pleasant. I tried everything I knew. I'm trying to sleep and just feeling more irritated so to google I turned. THANK GOODNESS!!!! It's been 14 hours and it's finally over!!!!
UzairA15 months ago

WOw !!!!! Step 3 is awesome... 100 % working ... Thanx uploader

CortneyN5 months ago

Holy crap #3 is magic. THANK YOU. I was losing my mind.

Thank you so much!! You just saved me from a sleepless night. Step three all the way!

JoseC26 months ago

Ok..about step 3. I want to know exactly how its done. I dont know if im overthinking it but its hard to understand how to pull the upper lid over the lower. Like Hover over the lower, or have the lower touching the inside of the upper. In either case, after like 30 tries and twisting my upper eyelid in all forms over the lower, it worked! now my eyelid feels...abused, but a good abused..like..hard work well done. I just want to know how to properly do it for future purposes.

ZachB46 months ago

Step 3, there is some magic in it!
I tried rinsing with water, eye-drops, pulling my upper lid out and blinking hard, etc., but for some reason a couple tries of step 3 did the trick! Very relieved.

Omg...I was struggling with discomfort for hours and your instruction to pull my upper eyelid over my lower and roll eye down fixed the issue! Thanks so much!! :)
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