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Today we are going to talk about one of my favorite subjects. Maybe this is on my mind just because I pulled some metal out of somebodies eye this morning, or because it is probably my favorite part of my job. This is a pretty common occurrence, especially in a community such as Abilene, because we have an abundance of metal and auto shops in town. Little pieces of metal get stuck in the eye with much frequency, and the key word here is stuck. Once metal hits the cornea, it is almost impossible for it to come off without a professional removing it. Some places will try to remove metal at home with a magnet and this just doesn’t work, more damage is usually done and the patient tends to be in much more pain. The great thing is this is usually a very fixable problem. Removing metal or other corneal foreign bodies can many times be a straightforward procedure with great results. Most of the time, health and vision are returned to the patient in a timely manner. When it gets tricky is when people wait, then the metal can rust in the eye. This can still be fixed but it may involve a little more recovery time and possible having to drill the rust out of the eye! Also, most of this can be avoided if proper eye protection and eye shields are worn when welding or working with metal. Just a few helpful hints especially for our auto worker, welder, metal worker friends out there!

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Jul
24

Going on Vacation

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We are going on a vacation/business trip this week. I am going to a conference called CE in the Rockies. We as O.D.’s have to go to 16 hours of classes a year, called continuing education, to keep our license current. Usually I go to a conference that is local, mainly for convinence, but this year I am doing to whole Griswald family vacation thing and taking¬† the whole family on a road trip. I am really looking forward to having a little time off. I am also excited about the conference because I always seem to learn something new. You would think that we doctors learned everything we need to in school or a residency. That’s not true, I am always learning something new, or refreshing what I already knew at one to these conferences.¬† As anyone in Texas can attest, the main thing I’m looking forward to is some nice, cool, mountain weather. Summer in West Texas is by far my least favorite time of the year, and any time I can get some cool summer weather Im all in!! This particular conference is in Estes Park, CO, which I haven’t been to in a real long time, and Erin and the kids have never been. So if anyone has any suggestions on some cool things to do, let us know. I guess I am turinng into Clark W Griswald, however, I don’t think I have to worry about showing up there and having a moose tell me the park is closed. Wish us luck

 

Dr Mike

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