Removing a Hair From Your Eye?

July 24, 2008

Does anyone have any tips for getting something out of your eye that you can't see - like a long haired cats hair? I have gotten his hair in my eyes at times and I cannot remove it for hours because I can't find it. If I take a shower or wash my face, which isn't always convenient at the time, I can remove it. Otherwise it is really bothersome and uncomfortable.


Ann from MA


July 24, 20082 found this helpful
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I am always getting eyelashes in my eye that I can't see. I usually open my eyes as big & wide as they can get and keep them open without blinking until they start to get watery with tears and it helps whatever is in there to float out to the corner. Sometimes I use a bottle of plain saline eye solution to wash it out if I am at home.

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July 24, 20088 found this helpful
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Take hold of your upper eye lid by the eye lashes and pull the lid down over your bottom lid. Hold in place while you roll your eye around in a circle several times. My grandmother taught me this 50 years ago and it has always worked.

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July 24, 20080 found this helpful
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Try lightly closing your eyes and blowing your nose. The object usually moves to the corner of the eye.


Use a clean, dry tissue to dab in the corner and it usually pulls the object out. Good luck.

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July 24, 20081 found this helpful
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Get an eye cup at the pharmacy. It looks like a shot glass but is saddleshaped. Use a sterile rinse in it and follow directions. Heaven-sent.

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July 26, 20084 found this helpful
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I worked for ophthalmologists for about 13 years. Their solution was this: Stare straight ahead. Now look toward your nose and close your eyes.


Repeat until the foreign body is in the inner corner of your eye. Now you can scrape it out with a clean fingernail.

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March 31, 2019

I have a long hair that has wrapped itself around my eyeball in my sleep. I can feel it and I can't see to get it. How do I remove it?


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April 1, 20190 found this helpful
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Pull your eyelid down and hold it for a couple of minutes. The tears in your eye should wash the hair out.

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April 1, 20190 found this helpful
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Try a water bath. If that does not dislodge it, pull your eyelid down over the bottom of your eye and look around. If you're unsuccessful, it'd be good to get a professional to look at it.

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April 3, 20193 found this helpful
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So I am not exactly sure what you mean by a hair wrapped around your eye. Like it feels like it is behind your eyeball or you can actually see it? Either way, do not mess with it yourself. You can very easily give yourself a corneal abrasion OR WORSE.


Seriously. Unless it is something as simple as you see a lash/hair stuck to the eye and you can SEE ALL OF IT UPFRONT, that you can easily remove with minimal contact, then leave the eyes to the doctors.

Please, go to your PCP or your eye doctor ASAP!! Yes, doctors are expensive so the PCP is probably the least expensive way or the a free clinic or if you have a health department with free services go there. You can do damage to your eyes easily that can be permanent. That would be very sad.

Please post back with an update. Sending up lots of healing prayers.

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October 15, 2020

Recently there was a piece of hair (not eyelash) around 1-2/3 cm that went into my eye. I tried to take it out with water, cotton swab but it didn't come out. I last saw the piece of hair on the top corner of my eye on the red part next to my nose.

It was very difficult to get it out. The next day, it's gone,but I don't know if it has gone up into my eyelid or it has exited my eye. I still do feel stinging pain in my eye. I need help.


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October 15, 20201 found this helpful
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If washing out your eye with a good eyewash has not helped to remove the hair in your eye it is time to go and see an eye doctor. Don't mess around with your eyes and take precautions at all times. The hair can go to the back of the eye which will make it extremely difficult to get it out. If you are feeling any pain or discomfort at all it is time to go and see a specialist who can determine if the hair is still in your eye or if you have just irritated your eye when trying to remove the hair.


Waiting too long can cause more damage to your eye and can take longer for your eye to heal. I would make an appointment today and get to the doctor as quickly as possible. Tell the doctor what has happened and maybe they can get you in a bit sooner so you can have your eye looked at.

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October 19, 20200 found this helpful
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I hope you have seen an eye doctor and well on the way to recovery.
Eyes are very precious and can be damaged without us realizing it.
When something does not wash right out of your eye it tends to sort of 'stick' to the eye and seems to get even more difficult to remove. An eye doctor has a profession eye washer that will remove any object and also cleanse the eye.


When you removed the hair you probably scratched the surface and that is why it was red and blurred. This can be bad because without proper cleansing your eye could get infected.
Sometimes a doctor will have you wear a patch over an eye because that keeps you from opening and closing the eye lid and gives the injured eye a rest and enables it to heal faster.

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