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Old 10-27-2013, 12:41 PM   #1
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Metal in your eyeball - wear safety glasses

Friday at work my eye was itchy. Saturday it was a bit painful. Late last night I found a tiiiiiny black dot over my iris. This morning it hurt more, so I went to the walk-in clinic. Small piece of metal in my eye ball, the doc told me to get into an ophthalmologist first thing tomorrow morning, and if I can't get an appointment, to get to the ER so they can drill and scoop it out

I ALWAYS wear my safety glasses, but shit happens.

This is a public service announcement... wear your safety glasses, or get a drill in your eyeball. Hopefully it's a quick procedure... and not too costly, as I just changed jobs and don't have any insurance right now.
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Old 10-27-2013, 12:50 PM   #2
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It's likely that the Doc will use a scalpel blade to pop the offending bit out.

It's happened to me three times and every time, I was wearing appropriate eye protection.
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Old 10-27-2013, 12:52 PM   #3
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How long after you got it in your eye did you go to the doc? The doc I saw today said that small bits of metal, over the course of a few days, will actually move deeper into the eye. I don't know when this happened, but it was Thursday or earlier, as I first noticed it on Friday... she looked a bit concerned when I told her when it happened
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Old 10-27-2013, 01:13 PM   #4
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Happened once to me, too - while I was wearing a face shield. I try now to be better about wearing goggles that seal well to my face so there's no chance of debris getting behind a shield. I do hate goggles, though.
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Old 10-27-2013, 01:36 PM   #5
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My last day at Boeing, two hours before the end of my shift, I had a long aluminum drill shaving get blown up under my safety glasses. I got my eye closed just in time and it left a red burn mark across the eyelid and part of my cheek. It was my good eye, too.
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Old 10-27-2013, 02:07 PM   #6
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How long after you got it in your eye did you go to the doc?
One time a chunk of metal was in my eye for a few days.

At the time, I was working as a carpenter and was used to getting the occasional bit of sawdust in my eye. If it was there all day, during the night while sleeping, it would float away and I'd be fine in the morning.

So, when I woke the first morning and my eye didn't hurt, I figured that everything was hunky-dory and went about my day.
Casually rubbing my eye later in the day, I exposed the metal bit and it hurt like hell all over again.

The next morning, it felt OK again until I rubbed my eye again.

I took a trip to the emergency room where they told me that there's nothing in my eye, but if it still bothers me in the morning that I might want to see a specialist.

The next morning, the eye Doc took a look and said, "Yep, there's a chunk of metal in there. It's all rusty too."

He popped it out, gave me a prescription for an antibiotic and a cool eye patch, like a pirate ("Arrrrgh), and sent me on my way.

He told me that an irritant in your eye will get glazed over, much like an oyster will do with a bit of sand in its shell, and every time I rubbed my eye, I broke through that glaze.

The next time was a Sunday morning and I was at the Doc on Monday morning.

The next time was less than 24 hours.

That metal bit was in the iris.
The iris is a muscle and expands and contracts to changes in light. You have no idea how often the iris changes until you get a chunk of metal in it. I hope you're not dealing with that. It really sucks.

Anyway, the Doc will pop the offender out in a couple seconds, if you can sit still while he aims a scalpel blade at your eye.
You won't feel it. They numb your eye really well with a recreational drug.

I've since learned to close my eyes and brush the junk out of my eye brows after using a grinder or when cutting wood.
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Old 10-27-2013, 02:53 PM   #7
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Small - it appears to me that's where the chunk of metal is... the iris. It really doesn't hurt *that* bad most of the time (I've done some nasty shit to my body, even at the tender young age of 26 ), however, when I woke up this morning after not getting much sleep last night, I could barely open my eyes. They were VERY irritated by the light. I ended up saying "fuck it, it's Sunday" and taking a 3 hour nap on the couch before heading into the clinic.

I've got some antibiotic goo to put in my eye every few hours, which the doc said sometimes helps push the foreign object toward the surface. Here's to hoping.

I think a really *nice* pair of safety glasses are in my near future with as much grinding/welding as I tend to get into.
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Old 10-27-2013, 03:08 PM   #8
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How long after you got it in your eye did you go to the doc? The doc I saw today said that small bits of metal, over the course of a few days, will actually move deeper into the eye. I don't know when this happened, but it was Thursday or earlier, as I first noticed it on Friday... she looked a bit concerned when I told her when it happened
Unfortunately, similar things have happened to me during years of work in metal shops.
The eye is able to push out any natural thing, but not metal or glass.

As you blink, the metal scratches the lid of your eye and the lid pushes it deeper until it gets flush with the surface of the sclera or cornea.
The doctors have told me never scratch over my eyes (they said "use your elbow for doing that") and not to wait too long for attention because the metal rusts and makes the cleaning of the affected area more difficult.

They don't "drill" into the eyes; they put some colorant (to locate the thing) and anesthetic drops and use some microscope and special tools to remove the piece of metal.
Lastly, they prescribe some antibiotics and cover your eye for a few days (so you stop blinking).
The cut or puncture naturally heals without scars in the cornea that could reduce the vision, unless it gets infected.

Doctors can see metal easily but not glass.
I still have some glass fiber in my left eye that I could very much feel but that two different doctors could never see to extract.
It has been encapsulated with time, but I still can feel some discomfort in the same point after more than ten years.

Try your best to use the antibiotic drops as prescribed (some are affected by exposure to light, if I remember correctly) and not to contaminate the area with dirty hands.
You need to see an ophthalmologist as soon as possible.

I wish you the best outcome.

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Old 10-27-2013, 03:08 PM   #9
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I had my eye drilled a few years ago. The metal was getting rusty so they had to drill it out really good to get the rust too!
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Old 10-27-2013, 03:17 PM   #10
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. Small piece of metal in my eye ball, the doc told me to get into an ophthalmologist first thing tomorrow morning,


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Tell the receptionist you have something imbeded in your eye and most likely the Dr will see you right away.
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Old 10-27-2013, 04:06 PM   #11
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Fuck yeah! Don't learn the hard way, wear the fuckers all the time.

I've had arc flash before and seeing spots for days afterwards...

I wear them religiously, I'm exposed to nasty acids all the time where I work. Oh yeah, wear the protective gloves too! I'm trained for respirator and SCBA operation also.

I also had to have surgery to remove a drill bit from my finger. I also have 2 more in my hands right now that aren't causing any trouble. Were are talking .0079" in diameter.
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Old 10-27-2013, 04:36 PM   #12
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before going to doctor try a wet'd q-tip to snag and pull the metal from the eye.
light pressure swipes from different directions usually get it to come out.
the water will provide lube and the fibers are gentle on the eye.
my wife is optometrist and I am a backyard fabricator so its happened a few times.
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Old 10-27-2013, 04:36 PM   #13
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Yes, wear the glasses. I wear them all the time, Z87, required for work. Decided not to bother with getting home glasses and just wear the work ones all the time. I never did install the shields though. Had a drill bit break on me and struck my lens dead center and chipped it. Would have been in my eye instead. Hate goggles, steam up and can't see shit. I use my safety glasses and a face shield.
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Old 10-27-2013, 04:39 PM   #14
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Fuck yeah! Don't learn the hard way, wear the fuckers all the time.

I've had arc flash before and seeing spots for days afterwards...

I wear them religiously, I'm exposed to nasty acids all the time where I work. Oh yeah, wear the protective gloves too! I'm trained for respirator and SCBA operation also.

I also had to have surgery to remove a drill bit from my finger. I also have 2 more in my hands right now that aren't causing any trouble. Were are talking .0079" in diameter.
Yup. I ALWAYS wear my safety glasses, I've got about 10 pairs hiding around the garage, so they're always at hand. However, sometimes shit has a way of getting around. I'm the same way about gloves. If for no reason other than to keep clean.... got about 10 different pairs of them too, all for different tasks.

I've never had flash burn, but just bought my first TIG and don't know that my Forney is going to cut it... it'll miss the arc and flash at me sometimes. I probably won't get flash burn, but if nothing else it really impedes your ability to weld!

I think I already posted my hand injury here at one time... cut 4 tendons (in half), 2 ligaments, and 2 joint capsules. My hand was TRASHED, and will never be quite the same again. I'd post the picture again, but not everyone likes gore
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Old 10-27-2013, 07:01 PM   #15
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I have had metal in my eye twice in the past 21 years of teaching HS Auto Shop. I ALWAYS wear safety glasses. But it can fall in your eye from your brows or???? Sucked big time.
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