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Metal splinter... in my eye...
« on: February 07, 2011, 01:18:51 AM »
So I was fixing my refrigerator tonight (motor quit working on the screw drive that pushes ice out of the ice maker on the door).   It had been bothering me for like 10 months, so tonight I got frustrated enough to actually tear into it and fix it.

Long story short, I was popping apart a piece and the metal shattered, launching a nice 1/32" or so long piece of metal into my eye, just outside of the iris (in the white of the eye).   I spent a few minutes trying to catch it on a finger before giving up (as it was embedded pretty nicely).    I resigned myself to going to sleep and hitting an urgent care shop in the morning to get it out.

Tried to sleep for about 30 minutes, and couldn't even get close.   Every time I started to fall asleep my eyes would move a bit and it would sting and wake me up.

Finally I got sick enough of it that I got up, went in the bathroom, got some tweezers and pulled the damned thing out.   THAT was not pleasant.  ;)    Had it been in the pupil/iris area I'd have left it to the pros, but I could easily see it (and I could feel it snag on my finger, so I knew it was sticking up), so I figured I'd give it a quick try before resigning myself to pain all night.   Luckily it came right out.

Anywho, just figured I'd share my pain.   Remember, safety glasses are good.  ;)

edit:  Oh, and the fridge works a-ok now.  :P

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Re: Metal splinter... in my eye...
« Reply #1 on: February 07, 2011, 01:27:25 AM »
Metal in the eye is never a good thing.  Left alone for too long and it will rust. 

I would have probably tried a magnent personally, but obviously you got the job done.

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Re: Metal splinter... in my eye...
« Reply #2 on: February 07, 2011, 01:55:32 AM »
I got a piece of metal in my eye once and didn't even know it. I thought I had pink eye or something. I bought new sun glasses and everything. After like three days I decided i couldn't take it anymore so i went to the eye doctor. She found a piece of metal completely embedded in my eye and rust all around. She had to use a little dremel tool to drill in my eye and finally got it out. She said the rust was going to stay there forever but not too worry because rust is sterile. I felt so relived afterwards.   So yea I know what it feels.

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Re: Metal splinter... in my eye...
« Reply #3 on: February 07, 2011, 07:42:57 AM »
o my, my eye watered up just reading this! thank goodness i wear glasses! glad you are ok and now that the fridge is working :)
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Re: Metal splinter... in my eye...
« Reply #4 on: February 07, 2011, 07:49:11 AM »
Metal in the eye is never a good thing.  Left alone for too long and it will rust. 

I would have probably tried a magnent personally, but obviously you got the job done.
This is how I usually get metal out when I get it in my eye.

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Re: Metal splinter... in my eye...
« Reply #5 on: February 07, 2011, 07:49:40 AM »
ouch!   

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Re: Metal splinter... in my eye...
« Reply #6 on: February 07, 2011, 08:04:50 AM »
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Re: Metal splinter... in my eye...
« Reply #7 on: February 07, 2011, 08:18:48 AM »
good news is, your eyes heal up relatively quickly. i knew a guy who was porting a stock iron Chevrolet head with a jagged ass no-ferrous bit and no glasses. he got  some in his eye then got more in from the filings on the magnet he drug across his eye for 30 mins. that guy is an idiot. i think he just left it in b/c no insurance or something retarded like that. his eye still doesnt look right, like a busted blood vessel for life.
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Re: Metal splinter... in my eye...
« Reply #8 on: February 07, 2011, 08:23:15 AM »
ouch. I done it before but never stuck in just agrivated my eye. the worste thing I did was mig weld without a shield and was looking away when sploop a big puddle landed on top of my hand 2" away that hurt o fucking bad.

glad you fixed it and nothig serious came about
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Re: Metal splinter... in my eye...
« Reply #9 on: February 07, 2011, 09:24:30 AM »
I'm not 100% sure it was ferrous, which was why I didn't try a magnet, that's a good idea though.

I generally wear glasses when doing anything that I'd expect to get me;   grinding, etc.   In this instance I was just popping apart the ice maker motor and a little piece attacked me.  ;)

I jacked up the same eye about 8 months ago working on my BMW.   I was under it looking at the driveshaft (not DOING anything, just inspecting) and a rock fell off and scratched my cornea.   THAT sucked too.   I had to go to the doctor and get numbing agents, it was driving me absolutely batty.   LOL.
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Re: Metal splinter... in my eye...
« Reply #10 on: February 07, 2011, 09:45:38 AM »
Had a friend walking around a workshop while someone was wiring brushing 20ft away. One of the wire brush bristles shot out and stuck him in the eye (iris) from across the room. Needless to say he went to the emergency room and became a pirate for a couple weeks while it healed up. The eye is pretty badass at healing.

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Re: Metal splinter... in my eye...
« Reply #11 on: February 07, 2011, 10:17:36 AM »
Good friend down here was working on a transmission when a snap ring broke off some metal and I got into his eye. Still has no sight in that eye (about 4mos now) and is getting surgery to fix it soon.
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Re: Metal splinter... in my eye...
« Reply #12 on: February 07, 2011, 10:39:49 AM »
I have read something kind of crazy...apparently one can create metallic nano-particles from various kinds of metalworking (and only with certain elements, it was too complicated for me)....grinding, welding...that can enter the nerves in your nose...and pass through the blood-brain-barrier..into your brain.

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Re: Metal splinter... in my eye...
« Reply #13 on: February 07, 2011, 11:02:22 AM »
I have read something kind of crazy...apparently one can create metallic nano-particles from various kinds of metalworking (and only with certain elements, it was too complicated for me)....grinding, welding...that can enter the nerves in your nose...and pass through the blood-brain-barrier..into your brain.


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Re: Metal splinter... in my eye...
« Reply #14 on: February 07, 2011, 11:21:22 AM »
They need to make new filters and people who work in these environments should get payed more or something. Manufactured nanoparticles are also getting cheaper and more abundant and it could be a problem.

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