Eye injury – something in your eye

eye injury

Eye injuries can occur when flying particles lodge in your eye. Some common examples include wood chips, metal filings, dust, insects and grain. This can occur while working in the workshop and during field activities, stock mustering or even playing sport!

DO NOT RUB YOUR EYE if you get something in it!

This may scratch your eye or embed the object. Flush the eye with clean water under a tap or with a bottle. If the particle does not rinse free after a few minutes, place a pad loosely over the eye and seek medical treatment.  DO NOT attempt to remove an embedded foreign body from your eye; you may cause permanent damage to your eye.

Fast facts:

Eye injury – something in your eye

  • If you get a something in your eye, don’t rub it as it may cause more damage.
  • Flush your eye out with clean water or eyewash.
  • If it doesn’t come out, cover the eye with a loose pad and get medical help
  • Do NOT try to remove it yourself.
  • Use correct and well maintained eye safety equipment like clean, clear safety glasses and welding goggles.
A foreign body is an object in your eye that shouldn’t be there, such as a wood chip, metal shaving, insect or piece of glass. Don’t try to remove it yourself. Seek urgent medical attention. Symptoms include pain, burning, irritation, a scratchy feeling, blurred vision, loss of vision, sensitivity to bright lights and bleeding into the white of the eye.
Find out more about this topic on Better Health Channel

References used for this topic page

More information:
Better Health Channel
National Ag Safety Database (US)
NHS Choices (UK)
North East Valley Division of General Practice
Clinical care:
Ambulance Service NSW

Eye injuries [PDF 126kb]

Research & reviews:
Bentham Open Access
Safe Work Australia

Work related eye injuries in Australia [PDF 334kb]


Last updated: 18th November, 2016