Particle Removed from Eye (Corneal Foreign Body)

A particle got into your eye and stuck to the clear part in the front of the eye (cornea). Your healthcare provider has removed this particle. This particle often scratches the cornea (corneal abrasion). The cornea is very sensitive and may still hurt for another 1 to 2 days while it heals.

If a metal particle was in your eye, a "rust ring" may have formed. You may need a second visit for complete removal.

Your healthcare provider may have put an eye patch on your eye. This may help the healing process. But you also may not receive an eye patch. For several types of injuries to the cornea, they are not recommended.

Home care

  • You may wear sunglasses to help reduce symptoms while the eye is healing, unless advised otherwise by your healthcare provider.

  • You may use acetaminophen or ibuprofen to control pain, unless another pain medicine was prescribed. Talk with your healthcare provider before using these medicines if you have chronic liver or kidney disease, or if you have ever had a stomach ulcer or digestive bleeding

  • If you received an eye patch:

    • Don't leave it in place for more than 24 hours, unless advised otherwise by your healthcare provider.

    • Always keep your return appointment for patch removal and re-exam. Your eye could be harmed if the patch remains in place longer than advised.

    • Don't drive a motor vehicle or operate machinery with the patch in place. You will have trouble judging distances with only one eye.

    • If eye drops or ointment were prescribed, use as directed.

Follow-up care

  • No eye patch. If no patch was used, but the pain continues for more than 48 hours, you should have another eye exam.

  • Eye patch. If your eye was patched and you were given a return appointment for patch removal and re-exam, don't miss the visit. It could be harmful to your eye if the patch remains in place longer than advised. But if you were asked to remove the eye patch within 24 hours (or as directed by your healthcare provider), contact your healthcare provider right away if your pain gets worse after removal of the eye patch.

When to seek medical advice

Call your healthcare provider right away if any of these occur:

  • Increasing eye pain or pain that does not get better after 24 hours

  • Discharge from the eye

  • Redness of the eye or swelling of the eyelids

  • Worsening vision

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