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Sand In The Eye: What Needs To Be Done?

April 22, 2023

It can be very unpleasant to have sand (or any other foreign boby) stuck in your eye because of the irritating, stinging sensation. Other adverse effects, including eye tearing and difficulty in seeing are also possible.

A system for removing foreign objects from your eyes is already built into them. Generally, with a little bit of patience, your eyes will be able to handle the sand grain on their own. But if it has not been flushed out on its own, you should carefully flush it out or visit a doctor if needed.

How does it feel when there is sand in your eyes?

It could be challenging to see anything that is as small as a sand grain in your eye. To determine what is going on, you might have to rely on your symptoms. Sand or other tiny particles in your eye might cause the following symptoms:

  • Eye discomfort
  • Redness
  • Blurred vision
  • A desire to shut your eyes
  • Excessive tearing

What steps to follow to get sand out of your eyes?

Most of the work required to get rid of any sand particles will be done by your eyes. However, if you want to get sand out of your eyes more quickly, follow the below steps:

Step 1: Wash hands: This prevents the introduction of more dirt or foreign objects to your eyes.

Step 2: Remove Contact Lenses: As sand can get between your eyes and the lens, making it impossible to remove.

Step 3: Flush the Sand Out: Use a gentle stream of clean, warm water into your eye to wash the sand particle out.

Step 4: Blink: After flushing, blink your eyes several times so your tears remove any remaining debris from your eye.

If the above does not work , visit your ophthalmologist immediately.

What steps should you follow to get the sand out of yourchild’s eyes?

Step 1: Clean the area around your child’s eye witha damp rag to prevent additional particles from entering the eye.

Step 2: Flush out your child’s eye with lukewarm water in a panby placing the child’s face side in the pan and opening and closing their eyes several times.

Step 3: Flushout the sand from your child’seye by splashing water in the eye.

Visit your ophthalmologist once to make sure the particle is out and there are no other associated issues.

You have sand stuck behind your eyeball?

Thank goodness, that is physically impossible! We see a lot of people who are concerned that the sand has gotten trapped behind their eye. There is no way for something to become lodged behind your eye, as the space behind the eyelid barely extends about 6 mm.

When sand gets in your eye, what you should not do?

Usually, getting sand in your eye won’t be life-threatening. But, there are some activities that won’t improve the situation and can even make it worse. You must avoid:

  • Rubbing your eyes
  • Never touch eyes with cotton tweezers or swabs

What if the problem continues?

Scratches can still happen even though your eyes will try to flush the sand out by watering heavily, and corneal abrasion is the medical term for this situation.

The following signs and symptoms point to a corneal abrasion:

  • Eye pain
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Blurry vision
  • Redness
  • Excessive tearing
  • Feeling of a foreign object in the eye

When should you visit a doctor?

Sand in the eye is not usually a serious issue, but if any of the following happens, you must see a doctor:

  • Can’t close your eye.
  • You can’t close your eye for two or more hours following removal.
  • You experience bleeding from the eye.
  • Yellow or green pus draining from your eye.
  • Even after flushing out your eyes, your vision is still abnormal.
  • You continue to feel as though there is sand in your eye.

Key message from Ojas – Eye Hospital in Mumbai

Even though you might feel compelled to remove the sand immediately, getting sand in your eye is usually not a medical emergency. Usually, a little bit of patience and, occasionally, a good saline rinse are required to remove sand from your eye.

You should see an eye doctor or go to the emergency room if you can’t get the sand out of your eye or if it does and you’re still experiencing discomfort and tears.

Our eye specialists at Ojas – Eye Hospital in Mumbai are skilled in handling eye emergencies and can help you if the sand in your eye starts to cause you trouble. No matter what time of day it is, our doctors are on call and ready to help if you have an eye emergency.


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