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The Best Way to Get Rid of an Insect in the Eye

author image Ivy Morris
Ivy Morris specializes in health, fitness, beauty, fashion and music. Her work has appeared in "Sacramento News and Review," "Prosper Magazine" and "Sacramento Parent Magazine," among other publications. Morris also writes for medical offices and legal practices. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in government-journalism from Sacramento State University.

Insects have a way of flying into places they don't belong, including the human eye. Visor helmets and glasses may protect your eyes when you're riding a motorcycle or bicycle, but bugs can land in your eyes when you're just walking along the street. Your first instinct may be to tightly squeeze your eye closed and then rub it, but the best thing you can do is to gently close your eye and refrain from touching it until you can remove the insect with clean hands.

Step 1

Wash your hands with soap and warm water for at least 30 seconds.

Step 2

Fill a small drinking glass with water.

Step 3

Rest the rim of the glass on the bone located at the base of your eye socket.

Step 4

Pour the water into your eye to flush out the insect. You can also flush out the insect with an eye dropper filled with water or saline.

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