Being able to look under the upper eyelid can allow removal of subtarsal foreign body. This can provide dramatic relief to patients, making it a very satisfying skill.
- Start with a clean cotton bud and clean hands.
- Get the patient to relax and look down.
- Gently pull the eyelid down, using the eyelashes
- Place the cotton bud on the top edge of the tarsal plate
- Lift up the eyelid using cotton bud as a pivot
- Do not touch on the inside of the eyelid – it is very sensitive