Ocular foreign body removal is a procedure to remove an object that has entered the eye and is causing irritation or damage. This can include small particles such as dirt or sand, as well as larger objects such as metal or glass.
Symptoms of an ocular foreign body include:
- Blurred vision
- Sensitivity to light
- A feeling that there is something in the eye
- Pus or discharge from the eye
If you suspect you have an ocular foreign body, it is important to seek medical attention immediately as delay can lead to serious damage to the eye, including infection, scarring, and even blindness.
Removal of an ocular foreign body can be performed by one of our optometrists. The procedure may be performed using a slit-lamp microscope, special instruments, and/or local anesthesia.
After the foreign body is removed, the eye will be examined to ensure there is no further damage or infection. You may be prescribed antibiotic or anti-inflammatory eye drops to prevent infection and reduce inflammation. A follow-up visit will be scheduled to make sure that the eye is healing well.
It is important to note that if the foreign body is a chemical or a metal, special precautions must be taken to avoid further damage to the eye, and emergency care should be sought as soon as possible.
To prevent ocular foreign body injuries, it is important to wear safety goggles or protective eyewear when engaging in activities that may cause debris to fly around, such as woodworking, mowing the lawn, or using power tools.