ocular foreign body removal

7 Jan

Removing foreign body from eye in ED

use 22-25 G needle.

Fluoroscein the eye the ensure negative Seidel’s sign (oozing aqueous humor=open globe).

Set up on slit lamp, anchor dominant hand at a slight angle and attempt to flick/shave the foreign body out of the sclera.

Don’t puncture the cornea.

Often after a day or two epithelial tissue will form over the foreign body and it is difficult to flick out in the ED.

  • In this case, ophthalmology has a machine called a Burr to get it out.
  • This shaves a layer of sclera at a time until the object is out.


Submitted by J. Rothstein


References: emedicine article; burr picture; procedure picture

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