So, my neighbour comes running over yesterday, holding his hand over his eye. He was mowing his lawn when he rode over a black walnut. It shattered and a part came up and caught him in the eye. We tried to flush it out, but that didn't work so I took him to his optometrist. We walked into a lobby full of waiting patients. He walked up to the receptionist & said "I think I have a piece of black walnut in my eye." With a tad bit of panic in her voice, she said "Give me your health card, you're next." It was a little unsettling, coming from someone who deals with this sort of thing daily. The optometrist couldn't find the chunk so he called the on-call ophthalmologist who bumped his scheduled patient to fit my neighbour in "as soon as he can get here." Turns out black walnuts carry a pathogen that can lead to a major eye infection that, if not treated, can lead to blindness &/or loss of the eye. They did find the particle, embedded in the eye lid lip, but it took about an hour.
Word of warning: Watch out for the walnuts & other things on the ground when mowing this time of year!!
Edited by New.Canadian.DB.Owner, October 10, 2013 - 08:24 AM.