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      WELCOME NEW UJ MEMBERS   06/25/2017

      It seems the word is out and UJ is enjoying a steady stream of newly Registered Members. Welcome to all of you, and we are all looking forward to your positive participation. I strongly suggest you review the Board Guidelines that have been in place since 2002. The most significant thing being that UJ is a NO POLITICS BOARD. LInk:  UJ BOARD GUIDELINES   Also UJ stays afloat mainly through Member Donations. Once a Donation is made you are placed in the Contributing Member Group with extra Priviliges. I am getting very few new Donations so hopefully this will spur that on a bit. Link:  New Members/Donations/Priviliges
mister grouse

"About like a sharp stick in your eye"

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mister grouse

How many times have you heard that expression to describe the pain level of any injury.?   

 

Point being the eye scratch , abrasion, or cut can cause excruciating pain.  Debilitating to the point of putting me on my knees when it happens.  

 

The last couple of days I was a guest of a UJ member in the Great Lakes area, after hunting in   another area for a few days earlier.  Sunday afternoon  I was closing in on my pointed  setter in

the edge of a thicket of  regrowth  next to an alder thicket. A double thicket hell.  As I maneuvered through the tangles a twig got in between my cheek and  my shooting glasses  and poked my right eye .  I knew immediately I was in for three days of pain.  Didn't sleep much sunday night as the eye pain worsened.

 

Yesterday about noon in a tangle of a cut over another twig slipped in behind my shooting glasses and really whacked my left eye. Both eyes now whacked.   l knew my hunting trip was over.  Got immediately in truck and drove myself home @1100 miles in severe pain , arriving 3 am.  Must say I was kept fully awake on the drive by the pain.

 

 Eye doc this morning at 8 am back home.  Same Doc who did my cataract surgeries and a good outdoorsman too.  Diagnosis: corneal scratch in each eye, with left being more severe.  Appropriate mediation prescribed.  I asked the doc if he could give me pain medicine  for future trips in the form of numbing drops for a future injury and he hesitated to do that saying until eye is diagnosed the drops may cause a more serious injury if not used properly.  

 

But what he did to immediately alleviate the pain was to place a clear contact lens in each eye for a few days.  Sort of a clear band -aid over the wound to allow it to heal with out the eyelid continually abraiding the wound. And most notably, he gave me extra  clear contacts for carrying on future trips to alleviate pain until I can get to a eye doc after next event.  Believe me , after seeing/feeling  the immediate relief once the lens was inserted , you can bet those type of clear  lens will not miss the next trips out of town.  

 

SO besides the normal shooting glasses protections (or goggles as some friends use)  I suggest you get your eye doc to get you some clear non precscription ( OR EXTREMLYLIGHT PRESCRIPTION)contacts for you travel kit.  Maybe

available over the counter, I have not tried to search them. I could be back hunting right now if I had known about the contact and had them on the trip.  Just a heads up (EYE OPENER??!)for your consideration.  I won't be without the clear contacts again. 

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hobbes

I took a willow limb to the eye last season.  It sounds like yours was more severe but it took me more than an hour to be able to keep my eye open.  The sun and snow on the ground wasnt helping.  It was sore for at least the rest of the day.  I've always assumed thst I couldn't deal with the discomfort of contacts, but maybe in that case Id welcome them.

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mister grouse

To clarify my post, the contact usage  is a post injury band aid.  Wear it round the clock for 2-3 days , take it out and throw away.  Eye should heal in that period,  Usually my corneal scratches have healed in about there days , but the first two days they can be a real SOB pain wise.  With the new soft  lens you may not know /remember you have it in there, as it is clear, non prescriptive, and very thin. 

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WPG Gizmo

Having had a few scratches on my eye I know the feeling of the sun or any bright light when you look towards it they always gave me a gel for my eye and a eye patch really fun driving when you only have one eye to see out of talk about a blind spot 

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PartridgeCartridge

Been there, done that. Been to the eye guy more than thrice after some hunts. I always wear eye protection in the coverts now.

 

Our immature hawthorn/ thorn apple trees that are about five feet tall , flexible, whippy and laden with 2" prongs make for a particularly wicked  ear whipper or face and nut poker.

 

Glad you are ok.

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Craig Conroy

I did that to myself in a thicket on the last day of deer season a few years back.  I went to the clinic Monday morning, nothing serious was wrong, but the white of my eye was blood red.  I looked pretty scary for a while, too bad it was a month past Halloween.  We were in a Gander Mountain about a week later, and the girl checking us out put some item (nothing very valuable, but I don't recall what it was) in the bag without scanning it.  I did explain that I had been checked out and was OK, but she was sorta freaked out by it :).

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barna

I was struggling with MAP Dot fingerprint dystrophy in my left eye on and off all summer, luckily it subsided on its own now.  Its a very painful condition where the layers of the cornea are ripped off by the eye lid while your are in REM sleep. I would wake up in excruciating eye pain a few times a night, took about an hour for the pain to subside enough to go back to sleep.  I had a similar issue with the right eye about 12 years ago, it to went away on its own after a few months. 

I will ask my eye Dr. about the clear contacts, maybe its something to help in the short term.

 

Barna

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MDash2

This all sounds too familiar. Happened two years ago in the field. The fog was thick and the shooting glasses made it worse. I foolishly took off the glasses and within 20 minutes I was headed to the not so close hospital followed by several eye specialist visits over the next few months as it wouldn't heal. Painful doesn't even come close to describing it. 

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Brad Eden

That's some bad luck. I started wearing cheap shooting glasses because of what you described. I haven't had any yuh got skip behind though. Before UpI wore shooting glasses Ingit a Spruce needle poke in my dominant right eye. It really didn't hurt that bad but my eye was watering and half closed the rest of the day. I shot better that day than most any other day. I'm not kidding.

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1 hour ago, Brad Eden said:

That's some bad luck. I started wearing cheap shooting glasses because of what you described. I haven't had any yuh got skip behind though. Before UpI wore shooting glasses Ingit a Spruce needle poke in my dominant right eye. It really didn't hurt that bad but my eye was watering and half closed the rest of the day. I shot better that day than most any other day. I'm not kidding.

You should close your eyes while shooting more often...

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Crazy Horse

I don't know how you ever drove 1100 miles with injury to both eyes. A number of years ago I took a thorn to my right (shooting) eye and only had to drive 35 miles back home and to an eye doctor. Damn near didn't make it.

 

I know it sounds crazy, but in cover that thick and thorny I'd be looking for a good pair of goggles or at least a pair of glasses that made contact with the face.

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ThreeDogs

Come out this way my brothers you may get bit by a snake but you'll never get a stick in the eye!

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WI Outdoor Nut

Feel your pain.  Many times I have had a stick hit the eye and a watering eye was all the occurred.  Last year during muzzlerloader hunting with my son, while looking for a downed deer, a thorn smacked me straight across my right eye.  My vision was instantly turned blurry.  The next morning I went to my eye doc.  He gave me some prescription eye drops and said it will basically heal on its own, which it did.  Can't imagine damaging both on the same trip. 

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MAArcher

That's why I wear a brimmed hat and have my dog "sort of" trained to break point on command.  

 

I wear contact lenses normally and there's been a few times where I think they saved me from a scratched eye.

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mister grouse

I am very conscious on the hats, glasses , and any other preventive steps.  This was just two really small chance events that occurred despite all reasonable preventative measures.  I had on glasses that are curved on edges and almost tight to the cheek on first eye, like work safety glasses .  The branch just slid right under the edge and in to my eye  in each case.  Odds of that occurring are pretty small but if you get in thick head high stuff  the odds go way up. 

 

Some friends wear the googles that cyclists wear in off road .  And they are vented so as not to fog.  They do look like fools in them , but they don't get eye scratches!

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