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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 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 child's eye, the doctor probably removed it during the 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 child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
Call 911 anytime you think your child 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 child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: October 19, 2020
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & William H. Blahd Jr. MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
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