Take care of your eyes - Warning photo of damage

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  1. Chappers macrumors 68020

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    I very recently damaged my left eye - I bent down to pick up one of my sons toys in the garden and as I stood up a branch from a tree stabbed me in the eye and gouged out a chunk of cornea. As a keen photographer and computer user - this has damaged two of my interests. Most importantly it has stopped me playing rough and tumble games with my son and that is tough for us both.

    This is as much as I can write for now as looking at the screen for too long is bad for me. Take care of your eyes folks and don't bend down near bushes, trees etc.
    The damage was not only to the cornea but to nerves, blood vessels and muscles and will take around 6 months to fully heal.

    Importantly - its did not hurt to much when it happened - felt like a scratch to be honest - but the next day, I was crippled in pain. I felt like Rosa Klebb had kicked me in the eye.

    So if you have an accident - don't wait - see a doctor asap.
     

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  2. ikermalli macrumors 6502a

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    That sucks! Sorry to hear about the accident.
     
  3. LeahM macrumors 6502a

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    Ouch! I have to admit that my glasses have saved me from a lot of damage from branches and other objects (yes I am a klutz).
    Will you have any permanent damage, or will it fill completely?
     
  4. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6

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    Ouch, I hope it heals quickly and without and permanent effects.
     
  5. barr08 macrumors 65816

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    That pic is intense. Eye stuff really freaks me out. I hope you gain your full vision back soon!
     
  6. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    Ouch. :(


    I'm going to wear my glasses now. Perhaps you should wear a pair of sunnies next time.
     
  7. Dagless macrumors Core

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    Where most people are squeamish about teeth, I can't stand eyes. My eyes are fudged as it is and I'll likely need surgery to sort them out at some point. But I'll take extra care if you had an accident so easily... put the frighteners on me :eek:

    My bedside cabinets edge is at my eye level when lying down (I sleep a bit off the pillow :p), I keep imagining that one night I'll turn over and BAM! Burst my eye on the edge.
     
  8. Chappers thread starter macrumors 68020

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    I should get my full vision back. Even wearing my glasses or sunnies (winter here at the moment) sadly would not have saved me as I sort of looked up and back as I stood up and the branch got my eye from behind.

    This time I was unlucky but I'm going to be more care in future and get injuries checked just that bit quicker.

    My TV and computer usage is limited to minutes each day over this week because of the damage - it all may split open again and put me back to square one.

    I am allowed to sit with my eyes closed all day - which is nice :D
     
  9. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    Teeth? I think more people are terrified of going blind!!
     
  10. Eanair macrumors 6502

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    Ouch, sounds painful. :(

    I wish you a most speedy recovery with as little pain and discomfort as possible.

    On a related note, a friend of mine recently was diagnosed with a corneal ulcer due to bacteria on her contacts. If she hadn't caught it in time, and if the ulcer were in a different position, it would have permanently damaged her vision.

    So, yes! Be very careful with your eyes folks!
     
  11. iJohnHenry macrumors P6

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    Stop, you're making my eyes water.

    Ah, a plus. You may develop a whole new appreciation for the depth of some music.

    Avoid Talk Radio. It will make your ears bleed.
     
  12. Chappers thread starter macrumors 68020

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    :D:D:D
     
  13. Prof. macrumors 601

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    Ouch!!! I hope your eye is back to 100% after the six months.

    omg my left eye is watering like crazy now. Sympathy pain?
     
  14. sushi Moderator emeritus

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    Ouch! :eek:

    Definitely.

    Eyesight is precious.
     
  15. jknight8907 macrumors 6502a

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    Wow, that looks not delightful at all! On the plus side, your eyes are a really nice color!
     
  16. wangchunggti337 macrumors regular

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    My wishes to your recovery. Did you find out if there are any surgical options ?
     
  17. MotleyPete macrumors regular

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    This is how you should have dealt with it:

    Son: Dad, I trust that "scratch" hasn't made you useless.

    Dad: Hardly, my son, it's just an eye. The gods saw fit to grace me with a spare.

    [​IMG]
     
  18. Chappers thread starter macrumors 68020

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    you flatter me - the blue light of the doctor helps.

    They don't want to operate unless it splits open again..........sneezing has joined the list of banned things to do.
     
  19. iBlue macrumors Core

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    Friggin OUCH! :eek:

    I'm surprised you aren't sporting a pirate patch, yarrrr!

    Not long ago I accidentally grazed my husband's cornea with my finger. :eek: I felt his eye go slightly back into the socket and it creeped us both out. I think he got lucky because it seems to be OK now. This is the one time we're happy I'm a nail biter because my sad little nubs didn't do much damage. Still, I think rough play can end badly like this sometimes. Poor eyes!

    I hope you heal up without problems.
     
  20. Chappers thread starter macrumors 68020

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    I was for a few days - boring white bandage type and sticky tape - helped keep bright light and any more trees out.
     
  21. c-Row macrumors 65816

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    Must... resist... :p

    Seriously, I had a similar incident during my year of community service. A branch hit me so hard it wiped my glasses off my face and damaged my eye. Lucky enough, it was just a small scratch on the surface (erosion) which could be treated with some ointment, but for the next few days, my eye felt like I had a small stone or some sand in it. Quite irritating at least.
     
  22. iJohnHenry macrumors P6

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    That's probably a no, because he would still be blinking, and irritate the eye/stitches.

    Were you a bad boy, or was that in leu of military service??
     
  23. iBlue macrumors Core

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    As far as I know for a scratched cornea they use a tight patch so the person cannot blink. ;)
     
  24. marbles macrumors 68000

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    ooo looks nasty, am glad it'll heal [fingers crossed] in 6 months and thanks for sharing the pic...very dramatic and to the point[pun not intended] .

    I was lucky a couple of times only for my glasses I'd have been poked.....

    ouch, really graphic pic that. best luck and eats lots of spinach and carrots etc :)
     
  25. VPrime macrumors 68000

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    I had a similar thing happen to me.
    Me and my brother were fooling around (fighting) and he scratched me cornea with his finger nail.
    It was the worst pain I ever had in my life.. Not so much because it hurt(even though it really hurt) but because it was VERY annoying. I really thought no big deal, and just tried to carry on my day. That failed and I just lay in bed the whole day... By night I was soo annoyed I went to the emergency room, I got some drops that made my eye hurt more (except when the doctor put it in.. that worked..)
    Luckily I have no major damage. My eye is slightly (very little) blury, mainly when looking at computer screens (90% of my day):eek:
     

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