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How to Remove Sand From Your Eye

Updated February 21, 2017

It's a beautiful sunny day at the beach. The day is warm and the surf's inviting. Nothing can ruin a day like this except for one little thing in the form of a small particle. When a grain of sand gets in your eye the fun is over until you can find relief. The only remedy is to safely remove it from your eye. This action may not be as simple as you think.

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  1. Go into a well lighted room with a mirror. A restroom is usually the best option.

  2. Wash your hands thoroughly with warm water and soap. Rinse your hands well and dry them on a lint-free napkin or towel.

  3. Examine your eye closely. Move your eyeball up, down and side to side to locate the particle or particles.

  4. Lift your upper lid gently with a single finger to determine if the sand is underneath the eyelid. Repeat with the lower lid if necessary.

  5. Put cold water in a small medicine cup or other small clean container. Tilt your head back and rinse your affected eye several times to dislodge the sand.

  6. Contact a physician if you have not successfully removed the sand or if your eye still hurts or begins to swell. You may have scratched the cornea, in which case medical attention is necessary.

  7. Tip

    Keep your sunglasses on at the beach to protect your eyes from sand and the sun.


    Do not rub your eye even though it may be tempting when sand is present, as you could damage the cornea. Seek immediate medical attention if your vision is blurred or otherwise distorted following removal of the sand. Get an eye examine if it remains sore after a day or so. You may have an abrasion that requires antibiotic drops to ward off infection.

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Things You'll Need

  • Small cup

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