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    Eye protection...

    I have recently had a first hand reminder of the importance of eye protection.
    whilst I don't always wear googles or glasses when doing things I do try to remember to use them, but often the things on offer are so crap you can't see through them properly
    on this occasion I was removing a stuck bolt from the suspension of my car with the aid of various tools....powered and otherwise
    Finally got the bolt removed and all was well.....but...

    what I didn't know at the time was I had managed to get the most minuscule piece of steel in my eye, this only presented itself as it started to rust ...embedded in the eye ball.....24 hours later....

    when I say minuscule, I mean so small that both my wife and the GP failed to see it with naked eye and with an ophthalmoscope
    When was out I looked at it and was amazed it was so small....because it felt like a ****ing marble!!
    it was probably 10th if not much less than the size of a grain of salt

    what I have not mentioned is it was removed from the cornea using the tip of a hypodermic needle as a trowel to dig it out!
    despite the anaesthetic drops this is a most unpleasant experience!!


    Note to self....get some decent eye protection....and use it

  2. #2
    Quote Originally Posted by bewsher500 View Post
    I have recently had a first hand reminder of the importance of eye protection.
    whilst I don't always wear googles or glasses when doing things I do try to remember to use them, but often the things on offer are so crap you can't see through them properly
    on this occasion I was removing a stuck bolt from the suspension of my car with the aid of various tools....powered and otherwise
    Finally got the bolt removed and all was well.....but...

    what I didn't know at the time was I had managed to get the most minuscule piece of steel in my eye, this only presented itself as it started to rust ...embedded in the eye ball.....24 hours later....

    when I say minuscule, I mean so small that both my wife and the GP failed to see it with naked eye and with an ophthalmoscope
    When was out I looked at it and was amazed it was so small....because it felt like a ****ing marble!!
    it was probably 10th if not much less than the size of a grain of salt

    what I have not mentioned is it was removed from the cornea using the tip of a hypodermic needle as a trowel to dig it out!
    despite the anaesthetic drops this is a most unpleasant experience!!


    Note to self....get some decent eye protection....and use it
    yah, I had something similar a few years back. I didn't feel it go in, saw a Dr and a an e Dr and all said it was just a scratch. Thing is, I could feel it scraping on my eyelid when I blinked. A couple of days passed and it started to really hurt and my eye was watering all the time. In the end I saw the hospital eye specialist who nearly fell off her stool when I told her I'd been sent away from the hospital twice as it was just a 'scratch' !
    Anyway, the eye specialist did the same as you have had done and stuck a needle into my eyeball and injected fluid in behind it to pump it out, lovely ! Hm..... Out it came, and it was nearly half an inch long .....
    my eye was fine though but I do remember to take the time to put my specs on most of the time now though.
    im pleased that your eye was ok too.

    kind regards, Olaf

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    Been there and feel for you.

    Had a similar procedure the day before heading off to the Game Fair some years ago and spent two hellish days stumbling around the stands with a patch over one eye. Complete waste of some 500!


    K
    The enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.

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    If anyone wants any advice on decent eye protection (that doesn't mist up, fit for different purposes and more importantly doesn't make you look like a ****) then please feel free to PM me
    For Gods sake - don't tell her how much I've spent

    Ctrl-Alt FACT

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hereford View Post
    If anyone wants any advice on decent eye protection (that doesn't mist up, fit for different purposes and more importantly doesn't make you look like a ****) then please feel free to PM me
    +1
    Grinding, so put on dust mask and 3m grinding specks= exhaled breath misting up specks.

    Solution, take off mask and pick nose on the way home from work....


    Tim.243
    Stalking is very much like going to the night club

    You can always tell an Essex Boy, just you cant tell him much...

    An hour in the field is worth a week of typing trash.....




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    As an apprentice turner in the 70's I got a miniscule piece of swarf in my eye, my foreman called me a daft tw*t got out the swan vestas sharpened one to a fine point licked the wood dust off it and dug it out. I was back at work in five minutes.

    Different times!

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    Quote Originally Posted by NoIDeer View Post
    As an apprentice turner in the 70's I got a miniscule piece of swarf in my eye, my foreman called me a daft tw*t got out the swan vestas sharpened one to a fine point licked the wood dust off it and dug it out. I was back at work in five minutes.

    Different times!
    Same as you, but one time I bashed my thumb with the hide/copper mallet whilst knocking a job down on to the parallels!
    It was not good with the whole thing red with blood, so the Forman found a 20 thou drill and put it in the high speed drill press and said drill a hole to let off the pressure.
    That hurt more than bashing my thumb, the next time I went to the hospital where they put a hot wire on the nail...
    I was much carful over the next 3 years lol

    Tim.243
    Stalking is very much like going to the night club

    You can always tell an Essex Boy, just you cant tell him much...

    An hour in the field is worth a week of typing trash.....




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    Being a apprentice you don,t get any sympathy , Banged my head on a pipe in work, the boss cleaned it up and said its only a scratch, while riding my bicycle home, it was only 5miles, uphill as it tends to be in Wales which ever way you go, I thought it hot that's why I am sweating, got in my mother screamed " what happened you covered in blood," trip to the hospital , 10 stitches, X rays etc , only a scratch.

  9. #9
    I have been looked at like I was from another planet, but I don't even mow the lawn without eye and hearing protection. Perhaps that is part of the reason why I hear and see so well; ticks off the wife, but what can I say.
    as a vet of Desert Shield/Storm (1990/1991), I don't even go outside in the rare Scottish sun without my safety sunglasses on.

    I guess learning from the mistakes of others can't be all bad.

    BTW good to know that your ordeal came out good.

    ATB

    Grant

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    Quote Originally Posted by bewsher500 View Post
    I have recently had a first hand reminder of the importance of eye protection.
    whilst I don't always wear googles or glasses when doing things I do try to remember to use them, but often the things on offer are so crap you can't see through them properly
    on this occasion I was removing a stuck bolt from the suspension of my car with the aid of various tools....powered and otherwise
    Finally got the bolt removed and all was well.....but...

    what I didn't know at the time was I had managed to get the most minuscule piece of steel in my eye, this only presented itself as it started to rust ...embedded in the eye ball.....24 hours later....

    when I say minuscule, I mean so small that both my wife and the GP failed to see it with naked eye and with an ophthalmoscope
    When was out I looked at it and was amazed it was so small....because it felt like a ****ing marble!!
    it was probably 10th if not much less than the size of a grain of salt

    what I have not mentioned is it was removed from the cornea using the tip of a hypodermic needle as a trowel to dig it out!
    despite the anaesthetic drops this is a most unpleasant experience!!


    Note to self....get some decent eye protection....and use it
    Yip,had it myself.Picked our the following day with a needle down barfs eye hospital
    dave

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