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My daughter is working for a company that sets up for functions and movie sets so it would fall under light industrial type work. About a week ago she was sweeping the storage area (she claims that she was wearing her eye protection but I have my doubts) and shortly after found she had something irritating her eye. The irritation became painful enough that she couldn't ignore it and had it checked. A good sized metal sliver was removed from the cornea but she had to go in for minor surgery to deal with the rust from the sliver. She tells me that having your cornea ground down is extremely painful after the freezing wears off and something to be avoided. I thought we were pretty much past it but it seems things went bad again today and she'll need further, more complicated surgery but they will need to deal with the infection from the rust before that can happen. If you're doing anything at all, please remember to do the right thing and wear your protective eyewear. It's so much easier than this and it's looking like she will have some damage to her vision, which is never a good thing.
 

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oh my....I hope she makes a speedy recovery

I tend to forget about eye protection because I wear glasses....but you are right, even then, I should have eye protection too--but I am a teacher so my job doesnt really have anything 'dangerous' such as was mentioned.

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RachAnn in NW Okla said:
oh my....I hope she makes a speedy recovery

I tend to forget about eye protection because I wear glasses....but you are right, even then, I should have eye protection too--but I am a teacher so my job doesnt really have anything 'dangerous' such as was mentioned.

Rachel
A lot of things can happen when you aren't in the classroom. I once had a rose thorn in my eye.

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I had the same thing happen to me. I worked for a trucking company, and was standing on the dock talking to my boss. Something blew into my eye. I couldn't get it out. Over a three day period, it kept getting worse. I thought my eye was badly scratched. It was bloodshot, painful and watery.

I had to make a delivery at the local hospital, so I walked up to the emergency room. That's when I found out I had a metal sliver in my cornea. Two different doctors tried to drill it out of my eye, but I kept blinking to much. They sent me to a specialist in a town sixty miles away. He got it out by drilling. I'm lucky that I didn't have rust build up. It did leave a scar that doctors can see when examing my eyes.
 

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Way back in my younger years, I got an ulcerated cornea from a dog scratch. The pain was incredible, nearly maddening. I went to the ER at 3 a.m., and they gave me a shot of demerol (I now understand how people can get addicted to that stuff) and some antibiotic to put in the eye. Had to wear an eyepatch, too.

The one thing that brought me the most relief was a certain herbal medicinal. As I said, it was in my younger, wilder days, so... It helped my eye and healed it very quickly. The doctor was quite impressed at my rapid recovery, and I did not have the nerve to tell him about my alternative medication...

God bless your daughter's eye, WR, with pain-free, rapid healing.

Pony!
 

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Eye protection, and ear protection are so important, and yet often ignored. I'm amazed at the number of contractors I've had work for me that wore neither. I am always very careful to wear both, and teach my 10 and 12 year old sons to do the same. I also wear a good airtight dust mask if working in a lot of dust.
 
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