Also known as a corneal abrasion, a cut or scratched eye range in severity from minor to severe. In severe cases, a corneal abrasion can even lead to permanent vision loss, so it is essential to have your eyes evaluated by a doctor if you think this has happened to you.
Most cases of corneal abrasions are caused by small pieces of dirt, wood, or metal and can either scratch the eye on their own or when the eye is rubbed due to irritation. Additionally, leaving contact lenses in longer than recommended by the manufacturer can lead to scratches in the eye due to the lenses becoming dry.
If you feel something in your eye, do not rub it because this can make the problem worse. Instead, try blinking to get the particle to clear on its own or rinse your eye with cool, clean water. The easiest way to do this is to fill a small glass with water and then rest the rim of the glass on the bone along the bottom of your eye socket.
If none of the tips for how to clear a particle from the eye at home are working, call our office to be seen as soon as possible. Often, severe or permanent damage can be avoided if you are seen right away. While your eye recovers from being scratched, it’s important to avoid touching or rubbing your eye or wearing contact lenses. Contact lenses worn while the eye is still healing can slow down the recovery process.