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Your Eyeball Just Fell out of its Socket - An Action Plan
Posted by Failed Success on 03/15/06 at 11:08 AM
So you’re walking along, minding your own business, when suddenly your eyeball pops out of its socket. What do you do?
For ages, unlucky souls have found themselves in peril; as their eyeballs would suddenly pop out of their sockets without warning. Whether they were at the restaurant, the shopping mall, the gas station, it didn’t matter; they weren’t safe anywhere. You can run, but you can’t hide from ejecting eyeballitis.
Some people have even had their eyeballs forced from their sockets by outside forces, such as basketball star Allan Ray who had his eyeball poked out of its socket by an opposing player. Needless to say, when this unfortunate event befalls you, you’re going to need an action plan.
The Slate Explainer column seeked to provide everyone with this all important action plan, in the event that someone out there may be faced with this very difficult and traumatic experience. Laugh now, but this information may very well save your life. You can’t afford to be uninformed. The Slate Explainer writes:
Get it put back in, and soon. The longer you remain in this rare condition—known as “globe luxation"—the more strain you’ll put on the blood vessels and nerves that connect your eye to the rest of your head. Your luxated globes will also be susceptible to corneal abrasions or inflammation, and the feeling of your eyelids clamped down behind them won’t be pleasant.
You should be able to get your eye back in place without serious, long-term damage. (If the ocular muscles tear or if the optic nerve is severed, your outlook won’t be as clear.) The treatment for globe luxation is pretty simple: Doctors apply some topical painkillers, hold back your lashes, and poke your eyeball into its socket by pressing on the white part with gloved fingers. (In some cases, they’ll use a simple tool like a bent paperclip to shoehorn it back into place.)
You might get antibiotics, lubricating drops, or steroids to follow up for a few days while your vision returns to normal. If your doctors can’t pop your eye back in—because you’ve got too much swelling in the socket, for example—they’ll give you an eye shield and consider a more invasive procedure.
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