I have a question about an eye condition suffered by my grandmother (now passed away), Emilie. Below I would like to briefly outline the circumstances by which she lost her sight in one eye during the mid-1930's in the Ukraine.
After reading the account, would it be possible for someone to make an "educated guess" as to what caused her blindness? Perhaps it was simply an untreated infection or a combination involving dry eye disease as well. I'm no expert so any suggestions would be appreciated.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
My grandmother's eye story now appears below:
She was milking a cow in a barn one day, and small pieces of hayseed were falling from the hayloft above her. Bits of hayseed fell on the cow’s tail as the animal swung it into Emilie’s face. The tail cut open her pupil while some of the hayseed became lodged into Emilie’s right eye, causing an infection.
Although medical care existed in the nearby city of Kostopol, Emilie did not receive timely treatment for this injury because the family could not afford it. Instead, home remedies were used to treat the injury but these medications only worsened her condition.
Shortly thereafter a permanent film developed on Emilie’s eye which progressed to blindness.
About ten years later, just months before the end of World War II, Emilie had been working in a farm field where dust and spikes from barley grains again infected her eye to the point where it began to drain continuously.
By the time medical help was available to her the eye could not be saved and eventually dried out completely. From this point forward only a narrow "white" portion of Emilie’s eye, called the sclera, remained visable.