A foreign object in your eye, such as a speck of dust or sand, can feel like it’s scraping the surface of your affected eye.
You may experience symptoms like:
If you’ve been cleaning your house, working on a DIY project, or spending time outside in windy weather, you might be more likely to have a foreign object swept into one of your eyes.
If you have a small foreign object in your eye, you may be able to flush it out with saline solution or artificial tears. Stay calm, keep eye movement to a minimum, and make sure you wash your hands before you touch your eye. Don’t put any pressure on your eye if there’s something stuck in it.
Seek emergency medical attention if there might be metal, wood, or glass in your eye, or if the object in your eye is larger than a tiny speck.