Everyone has had an eyelash stuck in their eye at one point in their life. In fact, eyelashes are one of the most common causes of eye irritation, and if not removed properly can scratch the surface of the eye causing longer lasting inflammation and irritation.
While having an eyelash fall into your eye can be irritating, you can prevent irritation and damage to your eye by removing the lash in a safe and effective manner.
Five Ways to Remove Eyelashes From Your Eyes
Use Your Hands: Find a mirror in a well-lit area, and wash your hands thoroughly. After you’ve washed your hands, grab the eyelid where the lash is stuck beneath, and gently pull it up and then back to reveal where the lash is located. Once you’ve found the lash, gently put your finger into your eye, and push the lash out. It’s very important not to rub your eye or touch your eye with your fingernail, as this can scratch your eye’s surface, causing extended irritation and damage.
Use Saline Solution To Rinse The Eye: Purchase some saline solution and rinse the irritated area of the eye. The solution should be able to flush out the eyelash from the eye. While some people may choose to rinse the eye with water, tapwater is not sterile, and will irritate your eye upon contact.
Use a Q-Tip: Moisten a Q-Tip with saline solution, and gently rub the area where your eyelash is stuck. Be extremely careful to avoid harsh contact with the eye, and avoid bumping the q-tip at all costs.
Sleep On It: Your eyes naturally get rid of dirt and debris while you sleep, so if you can avoid touching rubbing your eyes while trying to sleep, you should wake up without an eyelash in your eye. This is the same process that results in “sand” in the eye when waking up, and is your eye’s natural way to self cleanse.
See An Eye Doctor: If the above solutions do not work, go see an eye care specialist. Eye doctors can remove dirt and debris from your eye without causing harm, and are a safe alternative for removing debris when the solutions above are not working.
How NOT to Remove Eyelashes From Your Eyelids
Avoid Using Tweezers: Tweezers are absolutely not meant to come into contact with your eyes. Regardless of whether you’re using plastic or metal tweezers, tweezers feature sharp points which can easily cause permanent eye damage if bumped or misused.
Avoid Rubbing Your Eyes: Rubbing your eyes causes the eyelash to grind on the surface of your eye, resulting in scratching and extended irritation. Rubbing your eyes also is not very effective for eyelash removal, and can often push the eyelash deeper into the eyelid.
Avoid Letting Others Remove Your Eyelash: Unless you’re visiting an eye doctor, do not let others assist in removing your eyelash. Other individuals can’t feel the pressure or potential irritation in your eye, and are not qualified to remove eyelashes in a safe and effective manner. Common methods such as blowing into the eye can result in ocular infections, and are not very effective for removing the eyelash in the first place.
Avoid Excess Blinking: While blinking a few times may help to remove the eyelash, excessive blinking will result in scratching the eye similar to rubbing your eye would. If the eyelash is not removed after a few blinks, it probably will not budge from blinking alone, so avoid blinking in excess if you want to avoid scratching your eyeball.
Overall, it’s good to know how to remove eyelashes and other debris from your eyes without causing damage or harm. For contact lens wearers, it may be wise to consider using a lens insertion kit, which can help prevent lashes from entering the eye when you put your lenses in.