I lost my right eye in a oilfield accident
4/5/01. On the way to the
hospital it never occurred to me that I might lose my eye. I was thinking it
was an injury and it would heal and everything would be alright.
When the surgeon got there he shine a bright
light in my right eye and asked me if I could see it and I told him no. Right
away he told me that wasn't good. No light, no sight is what he kept telling me.
But, at this point I was still optimistic.
I went into surgery and what he actually had to
do was sew my cornea back together...It was lacerated. Later I would find there
was more damage than that. I went home for the weekend and returned to his
office the following Monday and his words were the same. No light, no sight.
At this point I figured he was never going to
say the words I wanted to hear, so I asked him if he had any associates in the
Dallas area since I have a mother and a sister there and he said yes. By all
means get a second opinion.
I then went to Dallas and saw a David Saunders.
They did an ultrasound and gave me the true extent of the damage. The blow I
received had lacerated the cornea, knocked out the lens, and detached the
retina. I would never see from the eye again. But, even then it was somewhat of
a relief because I had gotten the second opinion and when he told me that you
only had a certain amount of time to remove the traumatized eye. The
reason he explained, is you could lose sight in the other because of a
sympathetic disorder my word were "Let get it out of there".
Doctor Saunders explained what the surgical procedure would involved and what to
expect. He kept telling me that I would look just like I did before. However, my
recollection of glass eyes, that I had seen growing up was dismal. He opened a
drawer and showed me a prostheses...I could not get over the detail.
The experience eased my fears somewhat.
Doctor Saunders removed the eye and inserted an implant to restore 75% of the
orbit volume. I had to wear a patch about eight weeks before getting my
Dr. Saunders was right about my post-operative
appearance. No one knows I have an artificial eye unless I want to tell
them. There are times I worry, what if I lose sight in my other eye.
Maybe being part of a support group will help
someone and ease some of my fears at the same time.
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