• Question: what would happen if you stuck a pin in your eye?

    Asked by puddings on 20 Jun 2019.
    • Photo: Matthew Bareford

      Matthew Bareford answered on 20 Jun 2019:


      this would all depend upon the area of the eye and the size of the pin to be honest.

      Overall this would NOT be a good thing. Left in the eye a metal object (such as a pin) would quickly start to rust and any small particles on it would also get into the actual eye itself and cause even more damage.

      The outer (white part) of your eye, called the sclera this can lead to bleeding and eye damage, but not as bad as the IRIS, which can result in a loss of vision from a blunt object like a finger, let alone a sharp pointy object like a pin!

      In short, there would be a high likelihood of vision loss or impairment and possible infection.

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      Rebecca Moon answered on 20 Jun 2019:


      1) It would hurt a lot
      2) It would be considered an ophthalmological emergency and in the case of any penetrating injury to the eye, emergency assessment in the eye casualty/A&E should be sort. Depending on exactly where and what damage has been done, it may then be necessary to go to theatre to remove the foreign body and repair the damage.
      3) It might cause long term visual impairment

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      Thiloka Ratnaike answered on 20 Jun 2019:


      As per answers below- definitely not worth experimenting with.

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      Shobhana Nagraj answered on 20 Jun 2019:


      I think everyone has answered this already!

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      Kaitlin Wade answered on 20 Jun 2019:


      It’s probably hurt.

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      Nina Rzechorzek answered on 21 Jun 2019:


      It’s actually very difficult to do this intentionally but I don’t recommend trying – it would be extremely painful and represents an ophthalmological (eye) emergency. It can result in severe visual loss or loss of the eye though haemorrhage of the vitreous humour (the transparent gelatinous tissue filling the eyeball behind the lens in the ‘posterior chamber’), retinal or optic nerve damage, or introduction of microorganisms leading to a serious eye infection (which could secondarily lead to loss of the eye). If you want to hear it from someone who knows, here’s what happened to a guy who got a drawing pin stuck in his eye:
      https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2018/oct/05/experience-stabbed-in-eye-drawing-pin
      As an aside – if you have a history of a metal object having penetrated one or both eyes, this might prevent you from ever having an MRI scan, because of the risk that residual metal fragments heat up or move in the eye during the scan, causing further damage.

      Here is a whole manual on eye emergencies with nice illustrations you can freak yourself out with! Skip to page 35 which covers sharp penetrating ocular trauma. If that doesn’t make you look after your eyes, I don’t know what will!
      https://www.aci.health.nsw.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0013/155011/eye_manual.pdf

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      Deepak Chandrasekharan answered on 28 Jun 2019:


      Yeah don’t do this..! Pain, infection and vision loss!

      When i worked in A+E we used a needle to very gently poke off things that had got stuck *on* the eye but into the eye is not good!

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