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I just got a burning charcoal particle in my eye. I have contacts. I took the contact out and it is not damaged. Do I need to go to the emergency room? Can I wait and see what happens. I do not know how bad it is. It does not hurt too bad.

The charcoal appears to have landed/burned the edge of teh eye lid between the eye and the eye lash. I am not sure if the eye itself is burned.
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I suggest that you irrigate your eye thoroughly with clean tap or distilled water, then use over the counter preservative free tear drop such as Refresh or Genteal tear drop every 2 hours while awake for 24 hours, and then 4 times daily for 1 week. Avoid wearing the contacts for until after evaluation by your eye doctor. However, I suggest that you follow-up with your eye doctor as soon as possible if there is a decrease vision. If there not change in vision or eye pain, you can follow-up with your doctor within few days to exclude the presence any foreign particle and/or injury.

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