Foreign Body Removal
The biggest mistake people make with foreign bodies and eye injuries is waiting to see if they’ll get better.
You’re working on your car, drilling a hole to install a new sound system component, and a metal shaving falls into your eye.
You’re driving a nail for a home improvement project, and a piece of nail head flies off and embeds in your cornea.
You’re in your laundry room, pouring bleach into the washing machine, and your dog jumps up on you, splashing bleach into your eye.
Eye injuries are common, and require prompt attention. The biggest mistake people make with foreign bodies and eye injuries is waiting to see if they’ll get better. Ocular discomfort that lasts longer than twenty minutes is reason for concern, and for seeking professional help.
A particle imbedded in the cornea is painful, and opens the epithelium to invasion by bacteria. The physical damage created by the particle, and possibility for serious infection, both need to be addressed. If the imbedded particle is steel, the iron component begins to rust immediately. A solid particle of steel is easily removable with little distress. A particle that rusts must be “dug out,” leaving a large wound that will require much more healing time. If something gets into your eye, don’t delay treatment, come to our office immediately so we can examine the eye and remove the particle.