Featured Medical Tip: Got Something in Your Eye?


One of the most important assets to possess during a less-than-desirable-situation is…one's health! When life is “good” and you are not trapped on bed rest, recovering from a debilitating illness, or some other physical limitation, it's easy to take good health for granted. Now, picture this: A sudden earthquake rattles your location and shuts down electricity, water, damages roads, and leaves terrible collateral damage. Miraculously, you make it out OK!

As you work to secure your family and survey immediate surroundings, you find that they are shaken, but safe. You reach out to help neighbors and those nearest you. In all the rush to respond, you minimized what you thought was some dust in your eye. But your eye feels more and more irritated and it's more difficult to focus on your efforts because your eye seems to be tearing up and watering on its own. You finally realize it's best to take a look, so you head to the nearest location and find a clear reflective surface only to discover a small splinter sticking out of your eye! How should you treat it?

Be sure to wash your hands and to use clean equipment...have lots of water for irrigation also available.

Here's a tip from Dr. Bones & Nurse Amy of

Splinters in the eye can cause significant scarring and permanently affect your vision.
therefore, removal of the foreign object as soon as possible will lessen the chance of damage.

First, look in the mirror to identify the location of the splinter.  Evert the eyelid and
look towards each side to expose the largest area of the eye surface.  Then, once
you identify the splinter, wash the eye out with clean water; this sometimes flushes it out
by itself.  If not, use a magnifying glass and fine tweezers to gently extricate the splinter
using the exact same path it entered through. Do this yourself ONLY if modern medical
care is inaccessible.

Expect a sensation like a grain of sand in your eye for a period of time afterwards;
using an eye pad will cause less irritation from blinking.

Be sure to visit to read their two-part series of Collapse Eye Care Part 1 and Part 2.

As always, a special thanks to Dr. Bones & Nurse Amy for their Expert Advice. Be sure to pick up their new book, Doom and Bloom™ Survival Medical Handbook



6 Responses to Featured Medical Tip: Got Something in Your Eye?

  1. LibertyTreeBud January 26, 2012 at 4:15 pm #

    I once had a metal speck in my eye and the doctor at the place where I worked did something a little bit different. after he used a q-tip like thing to ‘roll my lids open wide he took a long roll of cotton and submerged it into olive oil and then without removing any of the oil from the cotton, he ‘drew’ it across my eye. The speck came out. It didn’t hurt or scratch at all. I have used this method myself since that time.

    • Yeahhuh!:D. January 31, 2013 at 11:34 pm #


  2. Gmapatti March 31, 2015 at 6:38 pm #

    Just used this method and it worked with no injury to the eye! Thanks for posting.

  3. Scott February 11, 2017 at 10:02 pm #

    I was kinda freaking out because I got something in my eye earlier today and it wasn’t getting better…stumbled across this blog and read the comments above ^. I tried the suggestion with a cotton swab and olive oil – didn’t take but about two seconds to get the wood spec out. Amazing. Thanks guys!

    • David February 20, 2017 at 9:46 am #

      Awesome to hear Scott! Thanks for the comment.

  4. MICHELLE BUSH April 8, 2019 at 11:00 am #

    Just tried to oil remedy with my boyfriend who got a wood splinter in his eye and it came out in less than 1 minute, he has been flushing it with water and it got worse and worse, so the oil def worked right away!

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