|The safest method is a careful irrigation of the eye with a stream of sterile saline, directed from the sclera over the cornea.|
is important to evert the lids and irrigate both superior and inferior fornices.
Foreign bodies under the lid or on the sclera may be wiped away by a cotton-tipped applicator. Wetting the applicator will often enhance its effectiveness.
Sweeping the palpebral conjunctiva will often relieve the symptoms even if the foreign body is not directly seen.
A corneal foreign body that is not deeply penetrating the cornea can be removed in the emergency room in a cooperative patient.
Always check patient's TETANUS immunization status.
If the foreign body is iron-based, follow up is needed because of propensity to form a RUST RING.
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