Dry eyes and runny noses are a normal part of spring allergies. If you are like most people, rubbing your eyes feels great, but you may be doing more harm than good. Those little pieces of pollen and dust that you are trying to remove may be scratching your cornea, and an unexpected eye exam may be in your future. Fortunately, there are ways to safely soothe your eyes and flush out any particulates.
First, What Not to Do
Flushing out your eyes to remove debris can be performed safely at home, but you should take precautions. The mucous membranes and structures of your eyes are somewhat delicate, and you may not realize that you are risking your eye health.
- Do not use metal objects, cotton swabs or washcloths to remove debris that is directly on the eyeball
- Do not use another person’s eye drops or eyecare products
- Do not use cold or hot water to rinse your eyes
- Do not tilt your head backward as you flush the eye
How to Properly Flush Your Eyes
These steps help with those times when you feel as if you have a piece of debris in your eyes. If you get chemicals or other substances in your eyes, you should follow the instructions on the label.
- Wash your hands
- Remove your contact lenses
- If you can see a tiny piece of debris on your lashes, try using a tissue to remove it gently
- Flush the eye with warm water by standing at the sink, bent over and head turned to the side
- Allow the water to gently flow over the eye
- If you are unable to properly flush the eye, pour a glass of warm water over the eye
- Repeat this process for about 15 minutes
- If you are unable to remove the debris, schedule an appointment with Dr. Thom
Conditions that Cause Eye Rubbing
Frequent eye rubbing may be a sign of an underlying problem with the cornea, conjunctivitis, abnormalities of the eyeball or eyelid and other conditions. Dr. Thom can evaluate your eye to rule out these conditions and recommend treatments for chronically irritated, dry eyes.
Are Your Eyes Chronically Irritated? Contact Thom Eye & Laser Center.
If your eyes are chronically irritated or if you often rub your eyes, contact Thom Eye & Laser Center to learn about glaucoma, cataracts and other conditions that affect your eye health. You can contact our office in Fargo directly at (701) 235-5200.