Accidentially getting something extra in your eye is a common occurrence. The eye may be a little gritty or even painful, especially if you blink. Think about what has been going on the last hour or so and you may be able to pinpoint what may have entered the eye. Gardening and DIY injuries are common. Also using power tools, hammers and chissels can all cause extra objects to enter the eye. If the eye is uncomfortable for any length of time you will need to be examined to see if there is something extra in your eye. If the vision is blurred too that makes the matter more urgent and you will need to seek help as soon as possible. Taking pain killers for an eye injury is a definate red flag, if that is the case you will need to be examined the same day. We can offer an NHS paid MECS appointment for these issues.
Below is an eye with a small piece of metal embedded into the peripheral cornea. This eye had been uncomfortable for a week and was gradually becoming redder. The foreign body was removed from the eye in our practice. The patient had attended a walk in clinic a day or two earlier and no issues were found at the time. The object is straightforward to see and was removed painlessly with the appropriate equipment which included the use of a microscope: