This video shows a small piece of metal stuck to the surface of the eye. It is removed from the cornea using an 18 gauge needle at the slit-lamp microscope. Particles like this need to be removed because they are painful, rust quickly, and can lead to infection and corneal ulcer. Sometimes it is possible to remove this debris with only a cotton tip qtip (and this is the only way I recommend non-ophthalmologists attempt this).
Download this video
To download this video, right click on a link below and choose “Save Target As…”
metalfbremoval.wmv (4.4 meg, Windows video file)