Objects which fly into the eye may lodge on the lid, the clear covering of the white of the eye (conjunctiva), the clear cap of the eye (cornea) or may penetrate any of these. These objects are called ocular "foreign bodies".
If superficial, the foreign body may be removed by the doctor wiping it away or picking it out. If the foreign body is metallic, the surrounding tissue may "rust" and this must be removed. Antibiotic eye medication or ointment may be used to prevent infection. The eye may be patched or a bandage contact lens may be used to promote healing if the foreign body was lodged in the cornea. Long-term use of artificial tears and ointment may be recommended to prevent future irritation.