A natural tendency to touch your eye when something gets in it can make an uncomfortable situation worse. While rubbing your eye may seem like the right thing to do, keeping your hands off makes more sense. An object as tiny as a speck of dirt or an eyelash can cause discomfort that you naturally want to remove as soon as possible. However, rubbing your eyes can cause scratches on your cornea or make the object harder to reach. You can choose safer ways for foreign body removal that relieve the irritation.