A Case of Dangerous Eye Rubbing: Eye Care Hawaii & ProKera Help Save a Man's Vision
A 48-year-old male was working outside when debris blew into his eyes; he remembered rubbing his eyes to get it out. Over the next few days, his left eye became increasingly red, painful, and sensitive to light. An eye exam at Eye Care Hawaii revealed reduced visual acuity and a marginal corneal ulcer in the left eye. This was an open sore on the outer edge of the cornea. A ProKera lens was applied to the eye, and the patient was started on antibiotic eye drops to be used every few hours. The lens was worn for three days before removal. After one week, his eye returned to normal. He was relieved that the simple mistake of rubbing his eyes did not result in permanent eye damage.
This case is a good example of a patient who benefitted from the latest therapeutic devices used by Eye Care Hawaii to protect, repair, and heal damaged eye surfaces. ProKera is a biologic corneal bandage which uses amniotic membrane tissue to speed healing and prevent scarring. However, the best procedure to remove foreign bodies from the eye at home is irrigation with sterile saline or water. Please think twice before rubbing your eyes, as it may give you a temporary sense of relief, but in the long term can potentially result in dangerous and harmful side effects.