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have a foreign body sensation in my right eye after washing

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have a foreign body sensation in my right eye after washing it in water.
please advise
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr. A.S. Desai replied 5 years ago.

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Expert:  Dr. A.S. Desai replied 5 years ago.

You pressed the accept button a bit too fast before you could actually view my answer. But I'll try my best to give you a satisfactory answer.

As you mentioned a foreign body sensation in the eye "after" washing the eye with water, the likely cause is an eye lash in the eye.
Expert:  Dr. A.S. Desai replied 5 years ago.
The commonest site for lodgment of an eyelash is either the lower fornix( lower lid groove) or in the sub-tarsal sulcus( beneath the upper lid)
Expert:  Dr. A.S. Desai replied 5 years ago.
What you need to do is to have a close look at your eye in the mirror preferrably with some magnification ( if you have one) and just look for an eyelash in the lower lid groove and if not there hten evert your upperlid and look for one lodged there. You will easily be able to remove it with a sterile cotton or even with the help of a fresh earbud. In case you are unable to do so , try flushing your eye with more water which may dislodge any stuck foreign body. If there is associated pain/watering or redness then I'm afraid it could be a corneal foreign body which can only be removed by an ophthalmologist.
Expert:  Dr. A.S. Desai replied 5 years ago.


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