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Content updated on Nov 2, 2022

What is intraocular foreign body?

Intraocular foreign bodies are unintentional projectiles that retained in the eye which require urgent diagnosis. If left unattended, it may lead to vision loss and blindness.

Symptoms of intraocular foreign body

  • Eye redness

  • Eye pain

  • Eyes are red, itchy or painful

  • Bloodshot eyes

  • Something went into my eye

  • Tearing from one eye

Questions your doctor may ask to check for intraocular foreign body

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose intraocular foreign body

  • Do you have redness on the white part of your eyes?

  • Do you have eye pain?

  • Do you have redness, pain, or itching in your eyes?

  • Do you have bloodshot (red) eyes?

  • Did any foreign matter like dust get in your eye?

Treatment for intraocular foreign body

Intraocular foreign body requires emergency treatment. Early intervention includes protection of the eye globe with a shield, cleaning the surrounding area and antibiotic. The definitive management is surgical removal.

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