Mowing and Eye Injury: An Insidious and Serious Enemy for the Eyes
Eye trauma refers to damage caused by direct impact
in the eye. The trauma can affect not only the eye, but also the surrounding
area, including the adjacent structure of the eyelids and
orbital bones. There are many different forms of trauma, which
vary in severity from minor injuries to
emergencies. Even in cases where the trauma is visible
small, medical help should be obtained in any case.
It is tragic in a few seconds a fellow human being, otherwise
healthy, to face severe vision loss and blindness. The cause
it’s carelessness. On the occasion of two serious incidents that I faced him
last year I decided to write this blog article.
Incidents of ocular trauma from a lawnmower
The first case is as follows: 27-year-old patient
he decides to do agricultural work in his field and starts to
uses the lawnmower. He doesn’t remember where the goggles are
and in his haste to finish the work he begins the use
of the lawnmower. While using the lawnmower he feels that
something got into his eye, it hurts a little but he continues. The next day he goes
to the ophthalmologist for examination. The eye is red and noted
inflammation, without seeming to have got anything inside. Five days later,
pain becomes unbearable and the eye is full of pus. It becomes axial
CT scan and a small metallic foreign body is found inside the eye
and severe infection (endophthalmitis).
The second incident also very serious and the patient
more unlucky. The metallic foreign body that entered the eye was very
bigger, about 5mm and the eye became detached within a few hours
retina and infection (endophthalmitis). Picture 1.
The treatment was immediate. Both patients underwent vitrectomy surgery in
within a few hours of their presentation to the hospital. The metallic xenon
body removed. (Figure 2.) and very strong antibiotics were given for her
fight infection and germs.
The mechanism of the wound is the same in both cases. The high speed
with which the lawnmower cuts creates fragments which
they are launched in all directions and have the power and momentum to
pierce the eye.
It is grossly negligent to use such tools and machinery
without protection. It is also very important to mention that you should
special protective glasses are used and not just sunglasses. The
sunglasses do not have such strong and tear-resistant lenses and
moreover they do not protect from the side. However insignificant it may seem to
our haste to do tasks so tragic is to neglect her
safety of our eyes.
Figure 1. CT scan of eye sockets with the presence of a metallic foreign body
in the right eye.
Figure 2. 5mm metallic intrabulbar foreign body after its removal.
In the event of an eye injury, contact the ophthalmologist immediately
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