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Something in an eye

Often when people get something in their eyes, it flushes out as their eyes water and blink.

But if you, or someone else, has something in your eye and it's not coming out naturally, it's important to deal with it as soon as possible.

Sometimes the eye is very irritated even though you can't see anything in it. This could be because there is still something in there.

It's common for people working with metal who are not wearing safety glasses to get small flecks in their eye. But these don't easily come out by themselves and can become embedded. So if you follow the advice below and your eye is still irritated, see your GP as soon as possible.

How can I help someone with something in their eye?

Do not:

When should I seek medical help?

Take the person to their GP if what is in their eye:

Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Endorsed by clinical director, Ophthalmology, Canterbury DHB. Page created December 2016.


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