Foreign Bodies in the Eye Symptoms & Causes

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What are the most common types of foreign bodies in the eye?

The most common foreign bodies in the conjunctiva include the following:

  • dust
  • dirt
  • contact lenses
  • sand
  • cosmetics

The most common foreign bodies in the cornea are pieces of metal or rusty objects.

What are the symptoms of foreign bodies in the eye?

The following are the most common symptoms of foreign bodies in the eye. However, each child may experience symptoms differently. Symptoms may include:

  • sensation of a foreign object in the eye
  • pain in the eye
  • tearing of the eye
  • pain when the child looks at a light
  • excessive blinking
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