When something small and abrasive gets in your eye—such as a piece of sand or dirt whipped up by the wind—the last thing you want to do is rub it against your fragile cornea. Instead, go to the kitchen and mince an onion…and let your natural tears wash away that intrusive speck.
If your onion tears alone do not flush out that thing in your eye, grab a facial tissue. With one hand, pull your lashes so that the upper lid is away from your eye. With the other hand holding the tissue, gently blow your nose three times. The pressure should make that foreign object fly away.