It is common for a speck of dirt or a small object, such as an eyelash or an insect, to get in the eye. Usually your tears wash the object out. But the speck can scratch the surface of the eye (cornea). If the eye surface is scratched, it can feel as if something is still in the eye. Most surface scratches are minor and heal on their own in a day or two.
If the object was still in your eye, your doctor probably removed it during your examination. Sometimes these objects become stuck deep in the eye and require more treatment. For instance, a metal object may leave a rust ring.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of:
August 10, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
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