Man discovers ‘dust’ trapped under eyelid for hours is fly the size of a fingernail

Man discovers ‘dust’ trapped under eyelid for hours is fly the size of a fingernail

 

A man who thought an eyelash had got into his eye discovered it was actually a fly the size of a fingernail that had been trapped for hours.

Michael Tshikaya, 27, was cycling home from work through a wooded area in Leicester when he felt something go into his eye.

He assumed it was either an eyelash or a bit of dust but when after a while he continued to feel a sharp pain he decided to get it checked out.

An optician discovered it was actually a huge fly – and had been trapped under his eyelid for hours.

Luckily he managed to get it out before his eye got infected, but Michael is now telling his story to show the importance of seeking help.

Telling his story, Michael said: “It felt like when an eyelash falls into your eye, I thought it was either an eyelash, or some kind of dust or tiny piece of wood or something that fell off a tree and was blown by the wind.

“I rubbed my eyes to try and get it out, and felt a sudden sharp pain in my eye, so I assumed I must have somehow scratched my eyeball by rubbing it too hard.

“I washed my eyes in a shopping centre toilets, but I still had a sharp pain, not continuously, but whenever my eye moved a certain way, but I assumed it was just a scratch, so I went home and had a closer look in the mirror.

“I saw something black in the corner of my eye, and assumed it was blood from the scratch.

“I did some googling and saw that an optician can deal with eye injuries, so I thought I’d rather not take any risk and just see what the optician would say.”

Michael went to his local Specsavers in Leicester and explained what had happened and described his symptoms.

Optometrist Siddhant Majithia took a close look and could see a fly trapped deep under Michael’s eyelid.

He said: “I’d say that in terms of length the fly was the size of a small fingernail and it took up quite a large bit of the eye.

“I knew I needed to get this out as quickly as possible and as safely as possible, so I got a cotton bud to try and nudge the fly away from the main structure of the eye.

“As soon as it came out Michael was in comfort but my biggest concern was that as he had a fly in his eye for a few hours I didn’t want him to be at risk of getting an infection.”

Michael was advised to get some over the counter antibiotic drops and when he went for a follow up appointment he was told the eye was thankfully back to normal.

He told: “When he took it out, the eye was irritated, but it immediately felt right, there wasn’t the sharp pain anymore.

“I would say that if you have a problem with your eyes, to go and ask for advice, because I was very close to just leaving it to see what would happen the next day, by which time it could have become infected.

“I’m so grateful to Sid and the team.”

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