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Foreign Object in the Cornea

Your cornea is the clear layer on the front of your eyeball. It focuses light and helps protect your eye from dust and germs. A foreign object can lodge in the cornea itself. A trapped speck of dirt or grit is often a minor problem. But anything metal or an object that pierces the cornea can cause severe damage.

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When to Go to the Emergency Room (ER)

The longer you wait, the greater the chance of injury or infection. Seek emergency medical treatment right away for:

  • A particle in the eye that you can't flush out with water.

  • An eye that remains very swollen or painful after an object has been removed.

  • An object embedded in the eye (cover both eyes with a sterile compress and call 911).

What to Expect in the ER

  • A doctor will ask about the injury and examine the eye.

  • Anesthetic eyedrops may be given to ease any discomfort.

  • A microscope with a bright light is used to help examine the eyeball. A special dye (fluorescein dye) may be placed on the cornea to help see the embedded object more clearly.

  • A loose foreign object may be removed.

  • Severe injuries are likely to be treated by an eye specialist (ophthalmologist).

Follow-up

Call your doctor if you notice any of these symptoms after returning home:

  • Fever over 101°F (38.3°C)

  • Increased redness or eye pain

  • Drainage from your eye

  • Blurred or decreased vision

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Date Last Modified: 2002-09-27T00:00:00-06:00

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