Foreign Body in the Eye

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Masashi Mimura, MD

Ophthalmology

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Content updated on Sep 6, 2022

About the symptom

A foreign body in the eye means that an object is present in the eye when it's not naturally supposed to be there.

When to see a doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Something went into my eye

Possible causes

  • 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.

  • Corneal damage

    Corneal damage is a wound to the part of the eye known as the cornea. The cornea is the crystal clear (transparent) tissue that covers the front of the eye.

  • Conjunctival foreign body

    Particle of foreign substance become lodged on the surface of the eye. This often causes irritation, pain, tearing or red eye.

  • Corneal foreign body

Questions your doctor may ask about this symptom

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this symptom

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

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