There’s an Eyelash in My Eye! Do I Need To See My Eye Doctor?
Can My Eye Doctor Help Me?
There are very few things more irritating than a stray eyelash that’s found its way into your eye. But is it harmful? Should you see your eye doctor?
If it’s just an ordinary, wayward lash, you don’t need to panic. Rushing off to the ophthalmologist for something like this would be like going to the emergency room with a broken nail – it’s something that you should be able to deal with quite easily and effectively all on your own.
You can flush a stray eyelash out on your own using cold water or eye drops. Another method that works is to pull your upper lid down over the lower lid and hold it there for about 30 seconds while at the same time moving your eyeball back and forth, up and down. This will encourage the production of tears that will flush out the offending lash.
If, on the other hand, you’re using eyelash extensions and you get a lash in your eye, watch for swelling, extreme redness or blurred vision. Most of the time eyelash extensions won’t cause you any trouble – when you have them done by a skilled, trained practitioner, eyelash extensions are safe for virtually anyone, any age. However, if an extension comes loose and lodges in your eye, in some rare cases there could be complications. It’s not a common occurrence, but it’s possible that you could end up with an infection or an allergic reaction to the glue that is used.
Also, be sure that it really is just an eyelash. If you’ve had an injury to your eye, and you have what feels like an eyelash in it, it could be a vitreous floater. These are little pieces of vitreous jelly that have become detached from the back of the eye. Sometimes these can lead to retinal detachment. If your one “eyelash” suddenly becomes two or more, or if you see arcing, flashing lights, or if you notice a decrease in your vision that doesn’t quickly improve, you should see an ophthalmologist as quickly as possible.
With any blow to the eye, it’s best to err on the side of caution. See an ophthalmologist or go to the emergency room for treatment. Although consulting an ophthalmologist for an errant eyelash would be overkill, when actual injuries are involved, you don’t want to take chances with your vision.