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Thursday, June 10, 2010

Some people have asked in the comments about the eye post from a couple of days ago. I have no idea how the eye was put back in place without any damage-- the amount of ophthalmology we learn, in med school and beyond, is frighteningly insufficient to deal with any actual eye problems. But every doctor's best friend (Google) tells me that this can indeed happen, and the eye can be put back into place without necessarily causing loss of vision. As for how the eye came out of its socket in the first place, I'm not really sure I have an answer to that except that this patient had previously swallowed safety pins in an attempt to stay in the hospital, so the sense is that he somehow did it to himself.

3 comments:

  1. Oh, wow -- that's really cool and really gross all at the same time.

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  2. Some people can sort of "pop" their eyes out voluntary I think. Their extraocular eye muscles are loose, and I think it's related to some genetic disorder with other loose tendons & ligaments. --Miss__Tina

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