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Eye injury/abrasion not treated correctly

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  • Posted By: jeff555
  • January 26, 2010
  • 00:01 AM

I got something in my eye and was having severe sensitivity to light,eye pain,discharge etc..all clear signs of a corneal abrasion. I went to the nearest urgent care clinic and was treated by the physician. The physician put drops in my eye to numb the pain then a dye to verify the abrasion even though it was visible with the naked eye. The doctor placed a patch covering the eye and the entire side of my face. The top of the patch was placed above my eye-brow,the sides touched my nose and ear and the bottom was just below my jaw-line. The Physician didn't prescribe any antibiotics or anything for the unbearable pain. I did request antibiotics but he stated "You'll be fine,Nothing to worry about, I spent a few years specializing in eye care". Well, I wasn't fine and I'm not now. I was instructed to leave the patch on for 48 hours. By that time I was already at the emergency room with a emergency consultation to see a eye doctor asap. The emergency room doctor stated the "patch" was a "petri-dish" a perfect environment to grow bacteria. I almost lost my eye. I have a permanent scar on my cornea and vision loss due to the physician not prescribing the appropriate medications. My purpose for writing this is to share my experience. If you injure your eye or have any injury to your cornea,don't take any chances. Go to a eye doctor and get examined under high magnification to see all of the injury and hopefully obtain antibiotics at least. I had a false sense of security that this physician actually knew what he was doing regarding to my specific injury. I hope my experience will inform someone just in case and possibly save your vision. Best Regards..

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  • Hello,So sorry to hear about your injury and its consequences. The body is an amazing thing and I hope you eventually have complete recovery. Just a note, to say I so appreciate your taking the time to put this advice out there, regarding corneal care after an abrasion.Yesterday, my child's father was blowing leaves outside and I believe I suffered a corneal abrasion. I am going to go see a doctor this morning and am better equipped thanks to your taking the time to put down this post.Many thanks,Laura I got something in my eye and was having severe sensitivity to light,eye pain,discharge etc..all clear signs of a corneal abrasion. I went to the nearest urgent care clinic and was treated by the physician. The physician put drops in my eye to numb the pain then a dye to verify the abrasion even though it was visible with the naked eye. The doctor placed a patch covering the eye and the entire side of my face. The top of the patch was placed above my eye-brow,the sides touched my nose and ear and the bottom was just below my jaw-line. The Physician didn't prescribe any antibiotics or anything for the unbearable pain. I did request antibiotics but he stated "You'll be fine,Nothing to worry about, I spent a few years specializing in eye care". Well, I wasn't fine and I'm not now. I was instructed to leave the patch on for 48 hours. By that time I was already at the emergency room with a emergency consultation to see a eye doctor asap. The emergency room doctor stated the "patch" was a "petri-dish" a perfect environment to grow bacteria. I almost lost my eye. I have a permanent scar on my cornea and vision loss due to the physician not prescribing the appropriate medications. My purpose for writing this is to share my experience. If you injure your eye or have any injury to your cornea,don't take any chances. Go to a eye doctor and get examined under high magnification to see all of the injury and hopefully obtain antibiotics at least. I had a false sense of security that this physician actually knew what he was doing regarding to my specific injury. I hope my experience will inform someone just in case and possibly save your vision. Best Regards..
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