Dr. Jay Woody is a diplomat of the American Board of Emergency Medicine, a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Medicine and is an Attending Physician at Parkland Health and Hospital System, Children's Medical Center of Dallas as well as several other north Texas facilities. He is a well-known and widely published authority in the field of emergency medicine and the former regional medical director of a freestanding emergency medicine practice.
Andrew A. Dahl, MD, is a board-certified ophthalmologist. Dr. Dahl's educational background includes a BA with Honors and Distinction from Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT, and an MD from Cornell University, where he was selected for Alpha Omega Alpha, the national medical honor society. He had an internal medical internship at the New York Hospital/Cornell Medical Center.
Most commonly, home care
consists of flushing the eye with water. See the home care section under eye
injuries for techniques on how to flush your eye with water.
If you think a
foreign body is in your eye, do not rub your eye. This can seriously damage the
eye by causing more damage to the surface as the foreign body is moved around
with rubbing. Do not attempt to remove a foreign body from your eye or someone
else's eye. Treatment other than gentle eye irrigation is generally not
recommended and should be reserved for ophthalmologists and other medical
For mild cases of eye discomfort, rest your eyes, take
over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen (Advil) or acetaminophen (Tylenol), and avoid