I was sitting outside when one of my chickens jumped up on my lap looking for a treat. I did not have a treat to give her. I was looking at her and she was looking at me. She then poked me in my left eye. Chickens are FAST and their strong with their pokes and they are not known for having clean beaks. My whole eye is bloodshot and there was a small pool of blood gathered at the bottom of my eye. I flushed it with saline solution. I can see and it doesn't appear that my eyeball itself is bleeding (except for the fact it is totally red and bloodshot). It doesn't seem to have changed my vision. It's not bleeding anymore though I am not sure where the blood came from as I can't seem to find where the actual wound is. My eye feels like there is something in it but like I said, I can't find the actual wound. It's not really painful but only feels like there is something in my eye.
My question is, is cleaning it with saline solution a good antiseptic? I flushed it for a good 3 minutes (I'm soaked as the solution ran down my face, neck, etc.) What are signs of infection in case I need to be seen?
How tall are you (feet and inches)?: 5"3
What is your weight in pounds?: 125
How old are you?: 53
How long has this been going on?: A few days
Check all symptoms you are currently experiencing: Eye
What have you done so far to remedy this condition? Please include tests and relevant studies here.
Cleaned it with saline solution.
Please list any chronic medical problems and also list any prior surgery (lacerations don't count!): High blood pressure.
Check all conditions present in your immediate family... :
Please list any medication allergies that you have : : none.
Please list any medications you are currently taking (and dosage if known) :: Atenolol (50 mg)
Hydrochlorothiazide (50 mg)
When was your last menstrual cycle?: I no longer have a menstrual cycle
Are you currently using or do you have a history of tobacco use?: No
Are you currently using or do you have a history of illegal drug use?: No
Please describe your alcohol consumption :: Rarely
How likely is an infection to my eye despite cleaning it with saline solution? Any other home remedies I should consider? So I am looking for something I should keep a lookout for in case I do need to be seen.
This all took place about an hour or so ago. I stated a "few days" above as your system would not allow me to enter "started today." It repeatedly gave me an error message that I need to enter a value. So while I stated "a few days," that is incorrect. Thanks!
First of all, a prize to you for asking the most unique question to date on our little site here.
Secondly, you are correct to be concerned, and, correct as well that a doctor's FIRST question will be 'how is your vision', and, yours, so far, is unaffected.
Thirdly, and this may go to four, five, six etc... There is no way at this point to prevent infection as the peck of the beak either penetrated deep into or even through the sclera OR it only scratched the sclera and cornea.
I have no doubt that a chicken's beak contains all manner of nasty bacteria, and, since your eye is red and painful you MUST get seen by an eye doctor soon. Visual injuries are, thankfuly, rare, but you have one that could be serious.
As I say above it IS good that your vision is not affected, but there is simply no way to know at this point without a good exam if bacteria have been deposited deep enough into the orbit to cause infection.
IF they have then you will need AT LEAST prescription antibiotic eye drops. You also need a tetatnus shot if you have not had one in the last five to ten years.
Finally, you may well need pain control even if this is simply an abraasion. Abrasions can cause spasm of the ciliary muscle. This is VERY painful and a few days of eye dilation and mild pain medicines could to wonders.
Please do update us on this very unique injury!