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Question:
Why does it feel like something is rubbing against my eye when I blink?  

Answer:
If it feels like something is rubbing against your eyes when you blink it is called a foreign body sensation (FBS). It can be caused by a number of different things. Although it could be caused by a particle on the surface of the eyes, the two most common causes are dry eyes, or an inflammation in the eyelids called blepharitis. Other causes include conjunctivitis or other inflammatory conditions of the ocular surface that occur on the eyelids, eyelashes, conjunctiva, episclera, sclera, or cornea. The most simple method of treating this is with artificial tears. 

Other initial treatments could include warm compresses with a warm washcloth or eyelid scrubs with cotton tip applicator and some baby shampoo in warm water.

Of course if you believe there is actually a foreign particle in your eyes then you should have a complete exam by an Eye M.D.  

Also, if your symptoms do not resolve after trying these methods then you should also see an Eye M.D. promptly.

Answered by: Abdhish Bhavsar, MD  Dr. Abdhish Bhavsar

Categories: General Eye Health, Eye Conditions

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Answered: Jul 03, 2012

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