It’s the holiday season! You know what that means? Not much, here on Maui, except maybe a few more tourists trying to get away from the frigid weather of their home territory. Those who live in our sunny location don’t typically have to worry about the ravages of the winter season. Our air doesn’t necessarily get much dryer, nor do we tend to rely on indoor heat to warm our toes after a long day. How fortunate we are to live in a location where the weather invites us outdoors pretty much 365 days a year! When we do this, we are not immune to unexpected problems. Here, we will discuss how to handle the issue of getting something stuck in your eye.
- Before even trying to examine your eye more closely, wash your hands. The last thing you want is to add insult to injury with an infection.
- Resist the urge to try and locate the object by poking around. Instead, open your eye with your fingers, then look up and down, left and right. If you can see the object, remove it as gently as possible. Use a tissue, not your finger. Sometimes, just moving the eyeball around will dislodge debris.
- If you cannot find the object on your own, get someone to help you. Repeat the steps that you used to locate the object yourself while your helper looks at the surface.
- Flush the eye. This is a good step to follow whether you are able to locate and remove the object or not. The additional moisture may dislodge debris if it is still in the eye. If you have removed it, the lubrication of water or eye drops can facilitate healing any minor scratches.
- Don’t wait it out. If you experience lingering blurriness, or are unable to find and remove the object yourself, contact us. Also, if the debris that is in your eye contains metal, you should not attempt to remove this on your own. If you need help outside of office hours, go to your nearest urgent care or emergency room.
The team Aloha Eye Clinic wishes all of our patients a happy and safe holiday season.