Eye injury from not wearing safety glasses

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Forum topic by lumberjoe posted 08-28-2012 06:33 PM 2563 views 0 times favorited 31 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-28-2012 06:33 PM

Just got back from the eye doctor because I did something stupid. I usually wear safety glasses in the shop, but I didn’t this morning. I got a tiny wood chip in my eye because I was not wearing safety glasses when .. taking my shirt off!! (calm down ladies, I am happily married)

Today is trash day. I wanted to get all the shavings out so I bagged them up and brought them to the tree belt. Some got on my shirt of course. When taking it off to shower – BAM – a small walnut chip landed right in my eye. Despite my best efforts all I could do was make it worse. 3 minutes and 40 dollars later, my eye doctor was able to remove it and made sure I didn’t scratch up my eye too badly.

I swear I have the worst luck!


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#1 posted 08-28-2012 06:38 PM

You can not possibly wear safety glasses when taking your shirt off to take a shower…Not wearing safety glasses is the shop is another story. You were fortunate that no further eye danage was done and fortunate that your eye doctor only cost $40…I guess you can never ever be too careful.

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#2 posted 08-28-2012 06:40 PM

Bad luck indeed on that one :(

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#3 posted 08-28-2012 06:40 PM

I know, and this is the irony. I have very good insurance. And I do wear double eye protection any time in the shop (I wear glasses and I use goggles over them), Triple eye protection at the lathe and free hand routing with a face shield over my goggles/glasses.


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#4 posted 08-28-2012 06:41 PM

That sucks. I like to use a plastic bag on my head at all times to make sure nothing can ever get in my eyes. I usually pass out after 3 minutes and wake up in a hospital, but nothing has ever gotten in my eye.

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#5 posted 08-28-2012 06:45 PM

What do you mean you where not wearing your safety glasses when removing your clothing, that’s insane.

Here are some other tasks in which you should be wearing proper safety equipment
Wear hearing protection while extended periods with the wife.
When the wife is an elevated anger state (most likely from wearing your hearing protection for too long), a face shield would be advisable.
nitrile/latex gloves and respirator or air mask when dealing with kids, especially babies still in diapers.
Respirator when visiting with father, or grand father .. toxic fumes can be generated at alarming rates.

I hope this helps :)


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#6 posted 08-28-2012 07:00 PM

That’s just unlucky. Glad the eye is alright.

I am fortunate enough to be married to a nurse, anytime I get anything in my eye she irrigates it, though it’s always accompanied by a lecture about wearing safety specs.

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#7 posted 08-28-2012 07:10 PM

I am also married to a nurse. After several unsuccessful irrigation attempts, she suggested I make an appointment. It also doesn’t help that I turn into a 4 year old girl when anyone tries to touch my eyes.


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#8 posted 08-28-2012 07:15 PM

Did they give you that eye dope in the hospital Joe? Doing demolition ive hit the ER a number of times for stuff in the ole eyeballs, the worst ever …. fiberglass dust. Felt like someone dumped hot sand behind my eyelids.

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#9 posted 08-28-2012 07:19 PM

Yes. Believe it or not, the numbing eye drops are basically cocaine. I’m assuming that’s why I didn’t get to take any home.


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#10 posted 08-28-2012 07:52 PM

Let’s just be thankful that it didn’t cause you more damage to your eyes.

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#11 posted 08-28-2012 08:37 PM

Oh…........the old plastic bag routine…......
Tried that on my ex wife. Didn’t work. (Just jokin’.)
Just when ya try to be carefull.
Hope all is well.


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#12 posted 08-28-2012 10:00 PM

Jeremy, you forgot to include a cup for when your wife is in an elevated state of anger-just ask Mr. Bobbit!

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#13 posted 08-28-2012 10:03 PM

Stuff Just happens…... I don’t wear eye protetion unless it is at the grinder, or I am cutting anytype of steel or need to get the ones out with the bifocals which by the way are pretty darn handy…..

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#14 posted 08-28-2012 10:24 PM

I’m glad there was no permanent damage. My eyes are bad enough as it is.


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#15 posted 08-29-2012 12:57 AM

I know the feeling. I got a small piece of steel in my eye from welding 2 years ago. Pulled my hands out of the gloves and scratched my eye after I was finished, and a piece got stuck. That was not fun to get removed. Had to get it dug out with a needle.

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