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    Reliving the joy of your first corneal foreign body


    Got it

    A couple of months after I returned from surgery at UCLA, a burly man walked in wearing a leather biker jacket and chaps and holding a rag against his eye. Yes, he had been sawing aluminum without safety goggles; no, that had not kept him from riding his Harley to the clinic—Roll Tide.

    A silvery clump of aluminum was lodged in the anterior corneal stroma at about four o’clock in the left eye. Moment of truth, I thought. With my tech watching wide-eyed through the teaching scope, I dove in. A couple of needle passes later, I flicked out the metal in one piece and held it in magnified view on the tip of the needle, like a scientist examining a rare specimen.

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    “Got it,” I whispered under my breath. I looked up and my tech was grinning ear to ear.

    No pressure patch this time; just a topical antibiotic and NSAID, plus a pat on the shoulder. Motorcycle man wasn’t content with that. He grabbed my hand and pulled me into a tight bro hug.

    For the rest of the day, I sat up a little straighter and had an extra spring in my step. And yes, that song played in my head—“It feels like the first time, it feels like the very first time.”

    Because in some respects, it had been.

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    Michael Brown, OD, MHS-CL, FAAO
    Dr. Brown has practiced medical optometry in a comanagement center and with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic in ...


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