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I was working in the garage and used a hammer and screw

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I was working in the garage and used a hammer and screw driver to tap a part into place. A very, very tiny piece of metal broke loose and flew quickly towards my eye, hit and bounced off... it doesn't appear to be in my eye and I don't feel any irritation other than that feeling you get when something small gets in your eye and finally flushes itself out... I don't feel any reason to go and have it looked at, but what should I watch out for over the next day if it did puncture my cornea or gets infected?
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 6 years ago.
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Dr. Rick :

Usually these small pieces of metal do don't hit your eye and bounce off...they hit and stick. If you are having a feeling like something is in your eye it is really best to see an ophthalmologist or an optometrist today to check for an embedded foreign body.

Dr. Rick :

Your tears are a strong salt water and, as such, any small piece of metal quickly rusts and leaves behind a rust ring. Plus, the rust is toxic to your cornea.

Dr. Rick :

If it punctured your cornea anything that happens over the next 24 hours will not be good....if this is one of your concerns you really, really, should have your eye looked at now. Of course, push come to shove, you will always have the other eye :)

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Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 6 years ago.
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