How to Remove a Speck From Your Eye

by Contributor ; Updated September 28, 2017

If an object is floating on your eye or inside the lid, follow these steps to get relief. Always seek medical help immediately if you're dealing with an object that's stuck or embedded in an eye.

Wash your hands with soap and water before you touch any part of the eye. Resist rubbing it, no matter how much it may itch.

Grab your upper lashes and gently pull your upper lid down over your lower lid. This will cause tears to form, which may flush the object out.

Tilt your head to the side over a sink and use a medicine dropper or small pitcher to pour a tiny stream of warm water into your eye to flush out the speck.

If the particle is not flushed out, go to a well-lit mirror and pull down the lower lid with your finger. If you spot the offending object, gently remove it with a clean tissue or swab.

If the object is under your upper lid, elicit the help of a friend. Look down while your friend lifts up the upper lid by the lashes. Place a cotton swab behind the lid and flip the lid backward over the swab. Hold the swab in place while your friend carefully removes the object with a clean tissue or swab.


  • If your removal efforts irritate the eye, give it a rest. Often your eye will work the speck out on its own.

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