Having some foreign material in your eye can be disturbing and dangerous. There are a few ways you can remove debris from your eyes safely and effectively. The most common type of foreign objects that we can have in our eyes are eyelashes or small specks of dust. Follow the simple steps below to know how you can remove them safely.
Here are the steps on how you can clear your eye of debris:
- Relax and breathe. Some people tend to panic when they feel that they have something inside their eyes. Once you feel the presence of a foreign object inside your eye, relax and breathe so that you can remove the debris without feeling jittery.
- Check your eye. The moment that you feel you have something in your eye, go to a mirror so that you can see what is bothering it. Pull up your eyelid on the affected eye and inspect your eyeball. If you do not see anything, pull down the skin under your eye and inspect the lower part of your eyeball. There might be an eyelash or some dirt.
- Try to remove debris. When you inspect your eye, you will most likely have a relief when you move your eyelids or the area around the eyes with your finger. If you still have a disturbing sensation, you might want to lean over with your head down. This may remove the debris on your eye. You can also use your finger but do this gently so that you will not scratch your eyeball.
- Try a few times. It is okay if you do not get the debris out the first time. You can try again. You may want to stop for a while if your eyeball starts to get red and irritated. Let your eye rest before you start trying again. You can also put eye drops on your eyes to ease the irritation and get the eyeball lubricated.
- Blink a few times. In some cases, you can get rid of the debris on your eyes by blinking a few times. Your eye will provide some natural lubrication in the form of tears and your tears can wash out any debris that is stuck inside your eyeball.
These are the steps on how you can clear your eye of debris. If you still have not gotten rid of the debris after trying the steps above, you may need to seek help from a professional to avoid damaging your eyes. If your eye has been irritated by other liquids, you will need to clear your eyes by flushing it with water. Afterwards, go to your doctor to have your eyes checked out.
To prevent debris from entering your eyes, you can wear eyeglasses or sunglasses whenever you go out and or stay in a windy place. The eyelids and eyelashes will be able to keep out the dust and other debris but in some cases, they are not enough. It will be better if you use protective gear over your eyes so that you will not have any debris entering it.