'Rusty' nail lodged in tradie’s eyeball after freak accident

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An unlucky tradie has undergone an eye-opening emergency surgery to remove a "rusty" nail from his eyeball after it became lodged there during a work accident involving a nail gun.

The successful operation to remove the metal object from the 21-year-old worker's eye took place in Manama, the capital of Bahrain, in the Middle East.

An X-ray of the patient's head shows how the nail had become embedded in the outer layer of the man's eye.

The incident reportedly stemmed from a severe nail gun mishap. Source: Newsflash/Australscope
The incident reportedly stemmed from a severe nail gun mishap. Source: Newsflash/Australscope

The Bahrain Defence Force Military Hospital (BDF) that shared images of the operation released a statement saying a team of medical experts led by Dr Ghada Al-Binali had removed the 4-centimetre, partially rusted object, from the unnamed man's eye.

The operation reportedly took about one hour and according to Dr Al-Binali, the head consultant ophthalmologist at the BDF Eye Clinic, it was a success and the patient has since regained full vision in their eye.

Dr Al-Binali performed the operation along with eye specialist Dr Muhammad Shabeer.

The nail had reportedly become lodged in the patient's sclera, which is the white, outer layer of the eyeball, luckily missing the cornea.

It was also revealed that after the operation, the sclera was stitched up using surgical threads.

Dr Ghada said the case underlined why it was important to always wear protective goggles when doing carpentry work.

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