Philip Walsh - What to do if you get something stuck in your eye

Publish Date
Thursday, 22 March 2018, 10:25AM
Photo: Getty Images

Photo: Getty Images

By Philip Walsh

Summer is here, which means long, warm days spent on the beach. However, this also means sudden gusts of wind and painful sprays of sand suddenly in your eyes. Eyes are incredibly sensitive and they can be very easily scratched. That’s why it’s so important to make sure we treat them with care, especially when removing foreign objects.

When something enters your eye, your body’s natural reaction is to produce more tears to try and wash it away. Often, there aren’t enough tears to remove the object so you need to get another source of water to assist with this process.

The most effective is an eye wash solution but any form of clean running water will do the trick. If there’s a significant irritation or a foreign object in your eye, don’t hesitate to visit the emergency room at your hospital or contact your local Specsavers optometrist to get this looked at as soon as possible.

If you work in any type of industrial environment in which chemicals, sparks or fragments can damage eyes, Specsavers offers a comprehensive range of safety eyewear. Visit your local Specsavers store to find out more about the range and how you can protect your eyes in the workplace.

Visit to book an eye test or for more information.

About Philip 

Philip is an experienced optometrist with a Bachelor of Optometry from Auckland University. He’s worked in the UK, Zimbabwe and is now the Optometrist Director at the Specsavers New Lynn store in Auckland, one of 52 Specsavers stores across the country. 

Improving access for all Kiwis to high-quality eye care and eyewear is Philip’s passion. What he loves about his role at Specsavers is providing all his patients with excellent customer service and professional eye care with the latest technology and knowledgeable well-trained staff.

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