What they forgot to tell you ... Removing foreign bodyin eye

Evert the eyelid by grasping the lashes and using a suitable small rod (like a swab stick) placed at the top of the tarsal plate. Gently press down with the stick as the eyelid is pulled outwards and upwards.

Anaesthetic eye drops may be used. If so, protect the eye with a pad for four hours. The foreign body is often visible. If none is seen, use fluorescein drops to stain the cornea to check for abrasions or ulcers.

Remove the foreign body with a sweeping movement of a sterile swab.

If the object is stuck firmly an eye spud can be used, but care is needed not to damage surrounding tissues.

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