S: The Eyes Have It! by Jane Doe
FC: The Eyes Have It; A cautionary tale by Jane Doe
1: The Eyes Have It by Jane Doe | A Cautionary Tale
2: It was a beautiful Saturday morning. Mom was working in the house and Dad was in the garage doing something for the house.
3: As usual I was in bed. It was Saturday, no school, and I sleep.
4: I could hear the sound of the saw so I figured Dad was finally repairing the pantry shelves for Mom. It was an awful racket. I really think he was trying to get me up.
5: Suddenly I heard him yell out words I can't say. I waited to hear Mom but she was out back and didn't hear him.
6: He was holding the side of his face and moaning. "My eye,my eye!!!" I could tell that he was afraid to take his hand away and truthfully, I was afraid too.
7: He slowly took his hand away and I was able to see how bad it was. It looked really bad. It was red and hurt a lot. I couldn't see anything really big in it.
8: With a corneal abrasion, the conjunctiva--the layer of cells covering the surface of the sclera (white) of the eye and the inside of the eyelid--turns red, as new blood vessels form and other vessels enlarge to increase blood flow to the eye for healing the cornea. Cornea abrasions may be accompanied by pain, irritation, tearing, eye twitching, and sensitivity to bright light. Patients often complain of feeling a foreign body in their eye. If there is significant corneal swelling, vision may be decreased. Inflammation inside the eye can cause a dull ache. Very rarely the pain can cause nausea.
9: Dad had a corneal abrasion. The first thing we needed to do was wash his eye to flush out any sawdust or foreign bodies.
10: Dad should have worn his safety glasses. Anyone working with chemicals, welding, lumber, or any endeavor where your eyes are at risk should wear safety glasses.
11: He really didn't want to go to the doctor but that wasn't an option. I got my Mom and we went to the doctor. He examined them and checked for any foreign object that might still be there. He told us we had done the right thing.
12: As treatment the Dr. would: Give you antibiotic drops or ointment to use for several days. * Give you another medicine that dilates your eyes and helps relieve pain and sensitivity to light. . | * Tape an eye patch over your eye to keep the eyelid closed. This helps to relieve pain. * Place a contact lens over your cornea to act as a bandage. The contact helps to speed up healing and reduce eye pain. * Want to see you often until your eye is healed. How long will the effects last? Most corneal abrasions heal in a day or two. Larger abrasions will take longer. If your symptoms last longer than that, see your healthcare provider again because you may have a more serious problem.
13: Once the cornea has healed, you can usually resume your normal activities right away. Prevention * Always wear goggles, safety glasses, or eye shields at work or while playing risky sports.
14: It has been two weeks and Dad went back to the Doctor for a final exam and release. His eye has healed. He has purchased several pairs of safety glasses for use by everybody in the family. Take good care of your eyes. It is the only pair you have.
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