Foreign Objects

What are Foreign Objects?

A foreign object could be a piece of dust, grit, or other substance that comes into contact with the eye. Most of the time, these objects are so small, we don’t even notice them – and when they get into the eye, they’re harmless and easily removable. However, depending on what it is and how deeply it enters the eye, foreign objects can be serious^1^.


In the majority of cases, foreign objects are simply particles in the atmosphere that can get into the eye because we don’t see them. However, a foreign object can get into the eye for any reason, including accidents, or carrying out work that creates flying particles without proper eye protection.



1. Boots MD. Foreign body eye treatment. (2016) Available at: [] 
2. NHS. Eye injuries. (2016) Available at: [] 
3. Best Online MD. Foreign Object in your eye: Quick, Fast First Aid and Treatment. Available at: [] 


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