Lots of pain from a very small object

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  1. Ron-P

    Ron-P Producer

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    Monday night at about 11pm I laid down to go to sleep, closed my eyes and my right eye gets this pain as if someone is sticking a needle in it.

    I figure something is in it and try to wash it out, nothing. My wife goes to the local 24 hr. drug store as I cannot even blink or close my eye because of the pain.

    She tries to flush it, nothing. Now, it's about 1am. We wake my daughter and head to the emergency room. Got there, they friggen, flushed my eye, put dye in it, looked around.....saw no damage, but no object. He then took a large Q-tip and cleaned the eye and under the lids, then put some gel in it. Then he made an appointment for me to see a specialist at 9am. It is now about 3:30am and we are heading home.

    I get home and cannot sleep because the pain is getting worse. I cannot close my eye or blink...it hurts like hell.

    At 7:30am we are heading out to the eye doctor. He takes me in, drops some dye in the eye and puts me under some sort of magnifing thingy. I said it feels like it's in the upper right corner, he says, yes, I can see the location of where it might be due to all the scratches across your eye and the angle of them. A minute later he removes a huge-ass object. Looks like a piece of wood about the size of 5 pin heads put together. It was tucked up so far inside the lid that he was not surprised the emergency med guys could not find it.

    Finally, its over. I, my wife and daugher are beat to hell. Now it's just a little blurry and sore due to the work-over my eye has seen.

    The doc said most likely, the object got in my eye and was flooting around and when I laid down to ge to sleep my eye rolled back and the object stuck itself way back in there.

    Damn, what a day
     
  2. Jay H

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    Yowza, that sounds horrible, you deserve a BEER! [​IMG]
    I've had contacts that sometimes would give me pain, my eye would get all red and it would be a pain cause I never had any contact solution or carry around glasses to take them out.. Had to live with it til I got home, but nothing that sounds as painful as you. Wonder how it got in there in the first place?
    Jay
     
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    Am I the only one who was expecting a kidney stone story?
     
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    No, you are not, Michael. [​IMG]
     
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    I know EXACTLY the way you feel as the same thing happened to me. Luckily I was able to flush it out after about 20 minutes. My eye was red by the time I was done.
     
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    My eyes started watering just reading this....OUCH!
    [​IMG]
     
  8. TimDoss

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    Sorry to hear that, but when your head is constantly

    tilted back trying to get those last drops of beer, you're

    bound to have something fall into your eyes.
     
  9. SteveGon

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    Reminds me of the time a bug flew into my dad's ear while he was out working in the garage. My mom couldn't get it out so she ended up taking him to the emergency room where a doctor flushed it out. We laughed about it afterwards... [​IMG]
     
  10. PatrickM

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    Ron,

    All I have to say is OUCH!

    Hope your doing well now. Did the doctor say anything about any damage to your eye?

    Take care and have a beer,

    Patrick
     
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    Yow. Count me in as one who experienced pain in the eye while reading this. Glad they got it out, Ron. Hopefully there is no damage to your eye.
     
  12. Ron-P

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    Thanks guys.
     
  13. Howard Williams

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    Geesh !!!

    Just think what would have happened if you would have done what most people instictivly do when there's something in their eye......RUB IT !!!

    Those little things Mommy always told us make so much sense when we're older. (Don't do this, Don't do that)

    Glad you're ok Dude.
     
  14. Craig

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    Pain from eye injuries can be excruciating. However scratch type wounds usually heal quickly. You've probably got a little swelling causing the blurry vision. I predict you'll be much better in a day or so.

    If you get something in your eye, or get poked in the eye, and the pain doesn't stop after an hour or two GO TO THE DOCTOR.

    I ducked to go under an large overhanging tree branch and got poked in the eye by a small branch coming up from the trunk. It hurt a little at first and then just felt a little scratchy, my vision was ok, but I couldn't get rid of the scratchy feeling. I went to bed thinking it would be better by morning.

    The wound was apparently a puncture type wound rather than just a laceration and had swollen shut initially and then split open in the middle of the night. I had to get someone to drive me to the emergency room at 2am, with me holding the eyelids apart with my fingers. Blinking brought about unbelievable pain. They didn't need dye to see it, I had damage to about 20% of my retina (lower part, no vision problems). Boy when the nurse put the pain killer in my eye I could have kissed her.

    I had trouble for about 8 months. I'd go about 8 weeks with no problem, then when opening my eyes after waking up the eyelid would pull open the wound. In spite of putting ointment in my eye for a couple of months intially, and anytime the problem reocurred, the wound never would heal. "Continuing erosion" was the term they used.

    I eventually found another doctor and got some ointment containing a steroid and antibiotic(to kill the germs breeding on the steroids I think). After using that for a couple of months the wound finally healed. Haven't had a problem in approx 16 months.

    Moral of the story is, don't put off going to the doctor or you could have real problems.
     
  15. Ron-P

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    I'll I can say is Holy Shit Craig. That is a long time of dealing with that. It's been tough just dealing with this over 2 days. I feel very fortunate after reading your post. Glad to hear that it seems to be healing up.
    One thing I did not do was rub my eye. Mainly, in fear of causing more damage. It was friggen hard not to, but I could not imagine the damage I could of done afer seeing the size of the beast they pulled out.
    Peace Out~[​IMG]
     
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    Man, I cant top Craig's story, but about every three years or so, I get a cyst or a sty on the inside of my eyelid. God thats painful. It just rubs against your eyeball and always feels like theres something in there. I usually end up lancing it with a pin or something, but I'm always worried I'm going to slip and blind myself.
     
  17. Craig

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    Well Ron, it wasn't that bad when it would reoccur, not nearly as bad as the initial injury, I'd only have some pain for a half day or so. It was just that it kept happening.

    They told me that basically most scratches heal themselves pretty quickly but deeper wounds can be a real problem.

    I'd tell you about a co-worker who went into the tanning booth without eye protection, but enough depressing news for one day (everything turned out ok, but she wasn't a happy camper for a few days).
     
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    OWWWWWWWWWWW!!!

    How did a peice of wood that big get into your eye?
     
  19. Matt Heebner

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    Since we are talkin about eyes, a couple of nights ago I was replacing an abandoned electrical box in my living room with a couple of networking boxes with the "pop in" different type of connectors on them. Well, the damn box was about 65-70 years old (my house is 70 yrs old) and pounded into the front of the stud with a wrap-around metal brace (as opposed to nailing it or screwing it from the side).

    Anyways, I have a big flathead screwdriver in a little slot on the box, and I'm pullin on this thing for like 30 min. to get this thing out of there. I dont want to make the hole I have there any bigger because it's a plaster wall with a spanish swirl design on it.

    The damn screwdriver slips out of the slot, and nails me about a inch below my eye, just above the cheekbone. It then richocets to just under my eyebrow. I have a gash on my upper cheek and below the eyebrow, both pretty deep.

    I consider myself VERY lucky that it wasn't another inch up or had a little more force behind it or I would have lost an eyeball for sure.

    I even had safety glasses on, but I had been yankin on this thing for so long, I was sweatin up a storm. I had just taken them off to cool down. Freaked the hell out of me, and I'll be damn sure to be more careful next time!

    Matt
     
  20. Scott_G

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    Owwww !!
    I had my Eye's lasered (PRK) almost 5 years ago.
    I remember the next day feeling like someone rubbed sandpaper in my eyes [​IMG]
    I had these little pain killing drops .... drop drop .... and the pain went away.
    I feel for you guys.
     

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