A to Z: Foreign Body, Eyeenparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-khAZDictionary-enHD-AR1.jpgTo prevent damage to the eye, any object that isn't washed out right away by tears must be removed.foreign body, foreign object, eye, eyelid, eyelash, tears, eye injury, injury, common injury, corneal, something in the eye08/09/201304/01/201909/02/2019cb2d4269-343b-47e5-b2e2-d345ea1db40bhttps://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-foreign-eye.html/<p>Our eyelids and eyelashes usually keep objects (or foreign bodies) such as dust out of the <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/eyes.html/">eye</a>, but sometimes things get through.</p> <h3>More to Know</h3> <p>To prevent damage to the eye, any object that isn't washed out right away by tears must be removed. The foreign body can be&nbsp;removed from the eye either with irrigation (washing with water) or a small sterile instrument. A harmless dye (fluorescein) is usually&nbsp;applied to the eye's surface to help the doctor see the object. This dye temporarily stains tears, nasal drainage, and sometimes the <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/skin-hair-nails.html/">skin</a> around the eye.</p> <h3>Keep in Mind</h3> <p>For 24&ndash;72 hours, someone who has had a foreign body removed from the eye&nbsp;may continue to feel like there's something in the eye, have slightly blurry <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/vision.html/">vision</a>, or be sensitive to light. This happens because an object sometimes leaves a small scratch on the eye's surface, which the doctor can see with the fluorescein dye. Symptoms usually improve overnight, but can last a few days as the scratch heals.</p> <p><em>All A to Z dictionary entries are regularly reviewed by KidsHealth medical experts.</em></p>
Corneal AbrasionsCorneal abrasions, which are common among kids, happen when something gets into the eye. Though sometimes painful, they're rarely serious and usually heal within a few days.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/corneal-abrasions.html/ba6072f6-fadb-411d-8423-688c3f007f7a
Eye InjuriesYou can treat many minor eye irritations by flushing the eye, but more serious injuries require medical attention.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/eye-injury.html/478e5af4-6659-4a6f-ba0b-9870e14936cc
EyesAlthough your eyes are small, their structure is incredibly complex. Find out how they work in this body basics article.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/eyes.html/603f05a6-aecf-46e3-be27-6080fd9345ac
Glasses and Contact LensesSometimes the different parts of the eye don't work together the way they should. When this happens, people wear glasses or contact lenses. Find out more in this article for kids.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/glasses.html/13fcf85b-32ae-4ddd-a689-361a25c43203
PinkeyePinkeye is the most common eye problem kids can have. It causes redness, itching, inflammation, and pus to collect in the eyes.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/conjunctivitis.html/d0a51d19-ae72-460f-b04e-ac08ce2e2cdc
Pinkeye (Conjunctivitis)Pinkeye, or conjunctivitis, is the most common eye infection affecting kids. Learn more about pinkeye and how to prevent it from spreading.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/conjunctivitis.html/e9e3ac89-030d-4594-b618-ecd44ebf82f6
StyesA stye is a backed-up oil gland in the eyelid. Styes are usually easy to get rid of.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/stye.html/4e3e9c3c-27cf-48dd-ac61-63395c2aebd0
Taking Care of Your VisionEven if you're lucky enough to have perfect vision, taking care of and protecting your eyes is vital to keeping your peepers perfect. Learn all about how to take care of your baby blues (or browns or greens) in this article.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/vision-care.html/25c29a93-b9b8-4350-81bf-455e1b19d57b
Your EyesEver wonder how your eyes work? This article for kids takes you from the pupil to the retina and beyond.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/eyes.html/41e9a218-5f21-465b-9403-85aacb77c062