Man's lucky escape after being stabbed in the eye with ice pick

·News Reporter

A man has suffered gruesome injuries after someone stabbed him in the eye with an ice pick.

The 26-year-old from Mumbai, India was taken to the emergency room after being the victim of an attack, according to his case in the British Medical Journal.

The man said he was assaulted by a group of people and someone stabbed his eye with an ice pick.

“This was removed by the bystanders, and I was brought to the hospital,” he said.

“I was in severe pain. I was not able to see anything from my right eye.”

A CT scan shows the head of a man stabbed in the eye with an ice pick.
A 26-year-old man was rushed to hospital after someone stabbed his eye with an ice pick. Source: The BMJ Case Reports

He also feared losing his right eye. Doctors treated him with antibiotics and his wounds were stitched up.

To determine the severity of the damage, doctors performed a CT scan on him. Doctors observed that the pick had reached his intraconal compartment, which is an area underneath through to behind the eyeball.

The pick had also fractured bone behind the eyeball. He had suffered a hemorrhagic contusion, which is common in severe head injuries. Fragments of the pick were also found.

Unfortunately, doctors found damage to the optic nerve too and nothing could be done to restore the sight in the right eye. Doctors performed emergency surgery on him to prevent any further complications.

“After the surgery, I was told I will never be able to see again with my right eye as they found that my right optic nerve was severely damaged,” the patient said.

“Even though I lost vision in my right eye, I am grateful to the doctors for the prompt treatment that I received that saved my life.”

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