Foreign Body Removal

A foreign body is an object such as an eyelash, sawdust, sand, dirt, metal, or anything that is either superficially adhered to or embedded in the cornea of the eye. Depending on what it is and how the injury occured, if corneal foreign bodies are not removed in a timely manner, they can cause prolonged pain and lead to complications such as infection and ocular necrosis.

In some instances, they may simply go away with no long-term problem.


The foreign object may set off an inflammatory cascade, resulting in dilation of the surrounding vessels and subsequent edema of the lids, conjunctiva, and cornea. If not removed, a foreign body can cause infection.


Do not attempt to remove it yourself. Keep in mind that the eyes are an extremely delicate organ and attempts at removing the foreign body yourself will likely result in adverse effects.


How we can help?


Our doctors will perform foreign body removals in our office. They will place some anaesthetic eye drops in your eye first, in order to numb it and prevent any pain, and will use specific instruments and techniques to complete the process.

Call 224-236-2020 or request an appointment online.