Everyone has had to deal with the gritty, stinging feeling when you get a small speck of dirt or sand stuck in your eye. That burning sensation and the water that exudes from your eyes are enough to send anyone running for the nearest bathroom.
Fortunately, most times, your eye will do its job and flush out the object without much trouble. However, when that doesn’t happen, you need to act quickly.
The first thing to do is to remain calm and refrain from rubbing your eye. Rubbing can scratch your cornea (corneal abrasion) and cause infection or inflammation.
You may need to rinse your eye several times to flush out the particles. This helps to wash them out of the eye and prevent them from getting infected or lodged.
3. Flush out your eye with saline solution or water.
A good saline solution or water can help to flush out the dirt or sand that is trapped in your eye and help to reduce irritation and pain.
4. Look in the mirror to check your eyes for anything that is causing discomfort.
When you are at the beach, a gust of wind can blow sand into your eyes. The sand can stick to your contacts or be in your eyes.
5. If you cannot see your eyes clearly because of the sand, gently pull your upper eyelid over your lower eyelid.