|Forum topic by johngoes||posted 01-19-2010 02:48 AM||3106 views||0 times favorited||2 replies|
01-19-2010 02:48 AM
Last Friday my guitar teacher said I had a growth on my eye. I’ve never noticed it before but when I examined my eye I did indeed have something odd growing on my right eye, just under the eyelid on the ouside of my eye (where the upper & lower eyelids meet) and unnoticeable unless I direct my eyes to the left. So I went to the doctor today and he had me schedule a further appointment with an ophthalmologist for a pterygium of the eye.
Further research finds that pterygium is a benign tumor that is typically found in cases of high sun exposure or in cases of chronic eye irritation. I always wear safety glasses but was always annoyed at how the safety glasses didn’t prevent dust from irritating my eyes, but didn’t do anything about it. In fact, just this weekend I went to the big box store looking to see if they had better eye protection against dust and was disappointed they didn’t. This morning, before the doctor’s appointment, I finally looked online and found safety goggles that appear to be more effective against dust and ordered them.
In my shop, the work that was most likely to be eye irritating was cutting dadoes and rabbits on the table saw with dado blades. But having learned what my eye condition is likely caused by, I will wear the safety goggles in all dust generating situations.
If any of you find your eyes are particularly irritated by dust from woodworking, I would seriously recommend better eye protection than the wrap around safety glasses typically sold these days.
You can google pterygium to see pictures – yes my eye looks that gross under the eyelid and at some point I will probably have surgery.
-- Anybody can become a woodworker, but only a Craftsmen can hide his mistakes!