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FOREIGN BODY

What is it?

Debris, metal or other material which has blown into the eye and remains lodged.

Who does it affect?

A foreign body can occur in anyone. Certain occupations, such as auto mechanics, welders, landscapers, and metal workers are more likely to encounter eye problems from flying debris and foreign material.

How is it treated?

Prevention through the use of safety glasses is the best medicine. In mild cases, the material may be irrigated out of the eye. Embedded foreign bodies on the surface of the eye are removed in the office with a minor surgical procedure. A foreign body inside the eye first requires extensive testing for the determination of location and then may necessitate surgical removal.

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