Embedded Foreign Bodies
A common injury is a metallic foreign body embedded in the cornea. Grinding or drilling in iron or other metals will release particles that are hot, and when they hit the eye, they embed themselves in the cornea. If it is iron, as in this example, it can cause a rust ring due to the salty consistency of our tears. At Village Vision, we would remove the metal piece and the remaining rust deposit that has infiltrated the surrounding cornea. The patient would then receive drops to help heal the cornea. With proper medical treatment these injuries will resolve well. Most injuries to the cornea can also be prevented with proper safety eyewear. The cornea (the clear window on the front of the eye) has more nerve pain sensors than any other part of the body. Injury to the cornea can be incredibly painful.