Metal shaving in eye

(17 Posts)
minmooch Fri 03-Apr-20 06:46:12

DP cutting metal yesterday. He got a piece of metal shaving in his eye. Washed it out (he thinks).

This morning his eye is swollen and weeping and stinging. I can't see anything in there.

It could be just scratched but it could be still in there.

He's got a high pain threshold, but he's saying he thinks he may have to go to A&E.

Any suggestions other than A&E? He's washed his eye.

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TheLovleyChebbyMcGee Fri 03-Apr-20 06:50:34

Definetly a&e I'm afraid, it may have just scratched something, but will need checked out!

inflam Fri 03-Apr-20 06:51:00


phivephatphish Fri 03-Apr-20 06:51:28

I’m an A&E consultant. He needs to go and get it checked. There might still be metal in the eye.

Raindancer411 Fri 03-Apr-20 06:53:01

No choice but A&E I am afraid and the sooner the better. He doesn't want to lose his sight.

LefttoherownDevizes Fri 03-Apr-20 06:53:09

Where are you op? In London Moorfields have a&e clinics at different hospitals so it's completely separate to normal a&e (am sure other areas do too).

That needs seen urgently thigh, poor thing

statetrooperstacey Fri 03-Apr-20 06:53:21

Tell him to pull his top eyelid Over his bottom one and blink a few times, then maybe try a magnet?! Google it first ! Our doctors are offering telephone appts, try calling/ emailing for advice. Good luck


Mintlegs Fri 03-Apr-20 06:56:00

Tell him not to rub it! (Very difficult). The metal could be still in his eye, get a lamp and tell him to lean back, have a good look. Sometimes the metal can be embedded under the eyelid, the top lid can be flipped up temporarily(probably wouldn’t recommend you do the, although you could have a look on YouTube??, if swollen you would not be able to do). He will be in discomfort because either the metal is still there or his eye is scratched. In hospital a dye is put in the eye to find it/or the scratch and eye test done. If there is metal or scratch, antibiotics are prescribed for the eye. Very important the metal is removed and no damage to eyesight. Paracetamol as painful and good luck x

yikesanotherbooboo Fri 03-Apr-20 06:57:43

A&e ; only option is an eye hospital casualty if your town has one ; don't take chances

inflam Fri 03-Apr-20 06:59:59

Tell him to pull his top eyelid Over his bottom one and blink a few times, then maybe try a magnet?! Google it first !

Really, don't tell him this. He could permanently damage his eye. A&E.

Coldhandscoldheart Fri 03-Apr-20 07:09:22

If you’re near Plymouth I think their a&e is very good at eyes with metal in. Something to do with bridge building? But very definitely a&e wherever you are. And he shouldn’t drive himself!
Do not muck about with it, washing, fiddling or anything else, he just needs to get organised and go in.

Mamimawr Fri 03-Apr-20 07:11:26

You have to go to A&E. Try to find out where the nearest eye casualty is.

minmooch Fri 03-Apr-20 07:12:10

Thank you. Hertfordshire based so off to L&D A&E it will be.

He's usually the type to stay clear from any Drs or Gp, will glue or duct tape cuts himself, so he's probably in more pain than he's letting on

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Coldhandscoldheart Fri 03-Apr-20 19:27:30

How did he get on @minmooch?

minmooch Fri 03-Apr-20 20:59:34

@Coldhandscoldheart he wouldn't go this morning but by 5pm he couldn't stand it any more. Went to A&E, they took one piece of shard out. Another smaller one left in. Antibiotics prescribed but none in the hospital to give. Hopefully eye will settle down in a few days as he can't open it at the moment.

Very little PPE for the Drs, said it was a very frightening experience re the pressure all staff under, patients, war zone like feel to A&E. full of admiration for NHS and all working there.

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Coldhandscoldheart Fri 03-Apr-20 21:04:36

Silly twit not going first thing. Did you manage to get the antibiotics from a pharmacy? If he ever needs an MRI, he must tell them he has had metal in his eyes. Hope he’s on the mend soon.

Daisiest Fri 03-Apr-20 21:09:49

Ouch. Hope it clears up quickly

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