Eye grit or dirt in the eye happens to almost everyone once in a while. Though most people think that it’s not something to worry about, eye grit can seriously damage your vision if not given the proper treatment and attention.
Eye grit can cause discomfort and pain. It happens when any foreign body or particle lands in your eye. Either this particle stays on the eye surface, or penetrates the eye.
Ironically, particles that penetrate the eye cause less pain which makes patients assume that they require less immediate attention. However, complications may occur later on so it’s best to see an ophthalmologist right away.
Dirt stuck to the eye surface is usually more painful since the particle can get stuck under the eyelid and cause extreme discomfort. Some particles are easy to remove, while some prove to be difficult.
If you live near an eye doctor’s clinic, then go there immediately. However, if you want to be more practical, then you could just lift your eyelid away from the eye surface, blink your eyes several times, and let the dirt fall off. Of course before doing this, it’s important that your hands are clean.
If the dirt is stuck in the corner of the eye, this is more difficult to remove. Mildly fish the object out of your eye using the end of a soft and clean cloth drenched in clean warm water.
If you want to use eye drops to ease the discomfort, do so but make sure that you use preservative-free eye drops. Preservatives are included in eye drops to keep the product safe to use and free from bacterial growth. Problem is that some patients are allergic to them.
Eye drops with preservatives can cause dryness, irritation, or even redness so be extra careful. Also, preservative-free eye drops are usually good for only one day, so once used up, you must throw them away. Using preservative-free eye drops that’s been opened for more than a day can give you more problems.
A good option is to use sterile artificial tears. Use it every 15 -30 minutes for at least 2 hours. If irritation persists, then see your ophthalmologist right away. If you don’t, you’re putting your eyes at risk since the particle lodged in your eyes can cause abrasion to the cornea.