Types of eye injuries are as varied as the people who receive them. Eye injuries can come from more common sources like a foreign body (dust, grass, glass, rust, etc.) in the eye, a scratch from a piece of paper, a branch while mowing or even a misplaced makeup applicator. A cleaning chemical splashed into the eye or damage from a severe blow like those athletes sometimes receive are also some of the more common eye injuries.
More in the middle of the scale from what is considered common to what is more unusual with regard to eye injuries includes burns to the eyes from chemicals or fumes and even from bright sunlight and tanning booths. Many health care workers, laboratory staff, janitorial workers and animal handlers also sometimes receive eye infections while on the job. These infections range from minor conjunctivitis to life threatening diseases such as HIV simply from secondary exposure.
At the other extreme and into the category of unusual are the eye injuries that not only come as a shock but also cause most people to squirm a bit. These are the bizarre injuries that are anything but common. Starting on the lower end of shock value is the fishing hook to the eye. There have also been reports of injury to eyes from golf tees, but specifics on how the tee actually punctured the eye were not given. You’ll have to use your imagination. Then there are the even stranger eye injuries that include pecking injuries from magpies and cormorants (both types of birds) and even one resulting from a boa constrictor bite. But the injury that wins for the highest shock value as well as probably the most unexpected would be one caused by an exploding emu egg. (For those who don’t know, an emu is an Australian bird that can grow to 6 ft in standing height. Its eggs are about 5 times the size of an average chicken egg.)
Unfortunately, not every eye injury can be prevented. After all, who thinks to wear safety glasses while watching a baby emu hatch from its egg or while playing with a pet boa constrictor? The point being that eye injuries can occur at any time and in any place. Keeping in mind that 90% of all injuries can be prevented (www.kellogg.umich.edu/patientcare/conditions/eye.injuries.html), wear protective eyewear whenever possible and always follow basic safety guidelines to help prevent injuries and infections.