Getting dirt in your eyes is a common thing, especially if you are often out in the open air. This is indeed annoying and can cause problems if not addressed immediately. There are several ways to get rid of dirt from inside the eye. However, if the pain persists, you should visit a doctor for examination.
Part 1 of 2: Removing Dirt from the Eyes
Step 1. Blink
You can remove dirt from your eyes easily. Just blink a few times if you feel dirt entering your eyes. The spontaneous movement of blinking will cause the eyelashes to spread tears to kill bacteria and dust in the eye.
If blinking isn't enough, pull your upper eyelid over your lower eyelid and then blink a few more times. Thus, the eyelashes on the lower eyelid will sweep the dirt out of the eye
Step 2. Wash both hands
You may have to touch your eyes if blinking isn't enough. However, before that you must wash your hands to kill bacteria, germs and clean the dirt on your hands. This is very important because the eyes are prone to infection.
Wash your hands with antibacterial soap and warm water. After that, dry your hands with a clean towel
Step 3. Wipe away excess tears
Tears will increase production when dirt enters the eye. Therefore, close your eyes and wipe the water that seeps with a tissue. Tears will carry dirt out of the eye.
- Let your eyes water and wash away the dirt in them.
- Don't rub your eyes. Use a tissue to gently absorb any leaking tears.
Step 4. Check your eyes
Pull the lower eyelid and look for any dirt left there. Do the same with the upper eyelid and look for traces of dirt on the eyeball.
- To check for dirt under the eyelids, place the cotton swab just above the upper eyelid and invert the lid with the swab. Thus, the dirt left on the eyelids can be seen.
- Ask someone else for help if you have trouble finding the discharge in your eye.
Step 5. Remove dirt in the eyes
If the dirt in the eye is easy to reach, simply poke the dirt with a cotton swab to clean it. Dirt will stick to the end of the cotton swab and come out of the eye.
Do not prick the eye with a cotton swab or wipe it too hard. Dirt will stick to your eyes if you poke it too hard. If this method doesn't work, try the next method
Step 6. Flush your eyes
If the dirt hasn't gone away with a blink or a cotton swab, try rinsing your eyes to clean it. Use eye drops or simply pour clean water into your eyes with a cup. Flush eyes with water for 15 minutes. Even if the dirt is out, keep flushing your eyes to get rid of any remaining dust inside.
- You can irrigate your eyes with tap water to clean your eyes of dust and dirt. Hold the eyelids with your hands to keep your eyes open while you are flushing.
- Look for eye drops that have a neutral pH (7.0). Keep the water temperature between 15°C to 38°C for a comfortable eye.
- Use an eye bath if you have one. Eye baths can usually be purchased at pharmacies.
Step 7. Seek medical attention
Seek emergency treatment immediately if all attempts to remove feces fail. See a doctor immediately if the following symptoms appear:
- Dirt in the eyes can not be cleaned
- Dirt sticks to the eyes
- Blurred vision or other abnormalities.
- Pain, redness, and discomfort that persist after discharge from the eye.
- Blood in the eyes, lightheadedness, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, or headache.
Part 2 of 2: Taking Care of the Eyes
Step 1. Discomfort will appear
Your eyes will feel a little itchy and a little uncomfortable after the dirt is removed. But, you dont have to worry. This is part of the healing process and lasts for 24 hours.
Step 2. Protect your eyes after the dirt is removed
Take precautions to protect your eyes during the healing process because your eyes are very sensitive. Ways to protect the eyes, including:
- Wear sunglasses to block out the sun
- Do not wear contact lenses until approved by an ophthalmologist.
- Avoid hand contact with eyes and wash hands before touching the eye area.
- See a doctor if new symptoms appear or the pain becomes unbearable.
- If your eyes continue to feel itchy and uncomfortable for more than a day, see an eye doctor.
Step 3. Seek medical help
You need to see a specialist if the eye condition gets worse. The side effects of the healing process only lasts for 24 hours. Persistent discomfort and irritation may be a symptom of another infection. See a doctor if the following symptoms appear:
- Blurred or double vision
- Continuous and increasing pain
- Iris covered with blood
- Eyes are more sensitive to light
- The appearance of signs of infection
- Nausea and vomiting
- Headache or lightheadedness
- Dizziness or fainting
Step 4. Don't make the problem worse
There are a few things to stay away from when it comes to dealing with the eyes. These things will make the eyes seriously injured. These actions are:
- Removing metal fragments, both small and large, that enter the eye.
- Pressing the eye while trying to clean the dirt inside.
- Use tongs, toothpicks, and other hard and sharp objects to pick up dirt.