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    Unhappy Left Eye Got Smashed At!

    On Thursday I was playing badminton in school, preparing for the competition next week. My friend and I played against 1 elder girl. We played half court. I was standing in front, and suddenly when she smashed I didn't time to duck(kinda stupid of me) and it smashed straight into my left eye!

    At first I held put my hand over my eye. First question that popped into my head was, "Am I blind?". I open it, could see but was really really dizzy when I opened my eye. The teacher told me to keep it closed. Then I asked, "Is there blood?". The teacher said no. Well the 2 vital questions were answered. But after that my vision was sort of cloudy for about 1 hour.

    Now, 2 days after that incident my left eye is red, and I can't look at any bright light, as in I can't look DIRECTLY at any light. It's extra bad when I'm in the sun, somehow the heat really causes my eye to be painful. I not only have to close my eye when I walk in the sun, but I also have to use my hand to cover it to stop it from being so painful. If I look at any light, it becomes a darker red and my eye starts tearing too. And of course very painful.

    I've not worn my contacts for 2 days already, my competition is this coming Monday already and I really have to hope that my eye heals fast, or else I'll have to wear my specs and play. And hopefully my eye can stand the hall lights in the competition.

    Why did I post this? To warn all of you not to be as stupid as I was. DUCK when the shuttle is coming towards your eye! Or at least don't stand so in front, I was standing too much towards to front of the court because the teacher asked me to. Or else I'm sure I'll have managed to defend that smash and protect my eye.

    Oh yeah, I didn't see a doctor. Don't think the doctor will be able to do much, I'm already using eye drops.

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    Sorry to hear about your eye Joanne... Hope it
    heals in time for your competition! All the best too!
    Which competition is it may I ask? Inter-school?
    or Open?

    One of the things we always seem to forget to do
    when we're in front of the net - keep the racquet
    up!

    Get well soon!

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    I think it's best to see a doctor to rule out anything serious that's preventable. Tears/lacerations, infections that might need anything else that eye-drops doesn't address.

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    Ouch... sorry to hear that you got hit. Hope you recover in time for the competition.

    In the future, have you considered wearing your glasses for badminton? I actually feel safer with glasses because I don't know how many times my glasses have been hit when I play. And in at least two occassions, it was a racquet that hit me, not just a shuttle! Since the lenses are made out of a composite material, I don't have to worry about them getting shattered upon a hit.

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    Very sorry to hear about your eye Joanne
    I have over gotten what happened to you many years ago. Not left but right eye. All seems simular to what happened to you. The difference is I wore no soft lens/contacts. At that moment I used icebag to cover it.
    Same as you, after 2-3 days my eye turned red, couldn't look at bright light and very painful.

    I went to see a docter to get my eye checked. The docter said that many of the eye's blood vessels were broke. He gave me medicine and eye salve.
    He applied my eye with bandage.
    After 4 days, my eye became much much beter. And after about 10 days, my eye was recover.

    So.... Joanne, I think you have to see a docter to rule out anything serious, preventive.

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    Sorry to hear about this and wish you a very quick recovery.

    Yes, playing in net is very difficult and need to be careful. I hope that your confidence to play in the net is not affected. You know, playing doubles someone needs to cover the net. In future when playing at the net, always remember to have your racquet up - try to cover your face or duck if you do not have time to defend. You can also reinforce this during your training sessions - ask somebody from your team to remind you if your racquet is not up when covering the net.

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    Sorry to hear about the unfortunate (and painful) incident.

    I would highly recommend seeing an eye doctor after hearing your symptoms. Sudden forceful blows to the eye are particularly dangerous if you have high prescriptions...so dangerous that the blow can actually cause the retina of your eye to detach, which has more serious implications. This could lead to a multitude of vision problems and in some cases, blindness.

    I am not trying to scare you but only direct your attention at the potential seriousness of the incident. I, myself, have had a minor retinal detachment in one eye that required surgery. This was not due to badminton but a high prescription. High prescriptions cause stress on the retina and make it more likely to detach. Since the surgery, I've been very careful about protecting my eyes, including when playing badminton.

    In short, whatever the case may be, go see an eye doctor!

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    wow... sorry to hear about what happened to you. i hope you recover very soon. think about it this way. at least you didnt get hit in the eye directly with a tennis ball like i did a few years back. that was really painful and my eye didnt move with my head. it would lag a bit..

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    I have seen a similar case on the news before.

    A guy was hit like you 15 years before, and at that time, it was fine. However, he did not know that inside the eyeball, the "water" is already broken, and the reason he can still see was just because he was still young, and the eye ball can still hold its tension well, so that the water didn't break out.

    After 15 years, he became blind, just because he got old, and the eye ball no longer could hold the tension well.

    So, I strongly suggest you to go to a doctor to have precise check-ups!!

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    This is also refers to what I recommended before, always wear an eyewear (for sports) just for your protection

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    Sorry to hear that.. better rest your eyes.. don't go for the tournament this Monday.. you will have alot of tourneys to participate in the future.. but your eyes last you a lifetime.. you cant afford not to rest your eyes.

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    wow. i did get it last time. similarly, it was my left eyes, similarly, it was a girl who did that, but differently, i got hit when i turn back thinking it was an out. but my partner(mixed double) rush there and drove a ball straight into my left eye.. *slow motion* my racket dropped on the floor and both my hands are covering my eyes. "am i blind?" was the 1st thing tt come to my mind.. every1 was shocked and stood still for a while. then crowded around me. i said i am alrite and put down my hands. but.. i couldn't see anything. it was all White!! so i say i am not alright. it was at night and that girl accompany me to see doc. luckily, the doc says my eyes are alright.. but when i told him i cant see. he wrote a letter and ask me to go to eye surgury.. shocked again... when i came home(decided to go the folowing day) my father told me he also once hurt his eyes too. he told me its the lens that was hit and will recover by itselfs.. and amazingly, the next day i can see a slight outline of the objects although it hurts to see light. but withing 4 days i regained my vision. YEA** i hope i wouldnt be blind a few yrs from now. and i hope u are alright.

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    Joanne,

    you better see an specialist opthamologist to make sure nothing is wrong.

    It sounds like you have soemthing called traumatic mydriasis. I have had the same thing after being fouled punched in a karate competition.

    It hurts to go out in the sunlight because your pupil cannot contract in bright light like it normally should. For me it lasted about week and I suffered no long lasting effect. The same might not be true for you so you MUST see an opthamologist quickly to make sure everything is OK.

    No contact lenses and probably best to leave any tournaments to the next day.

    For me, that injury was the day it dawned that martial arts tournaments were not worth the trouble. I did enter a couple more halfheartedly. Then went on to complete my dan grade instead.

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    The weird thing is that many people see smashing directly at the lady on the net as a valid technique for gaining the upper hand in a game of mixed.

    Now it just brings home the true nature of what can happen

    Speedy recovery

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    Joanne,

    GO SEE AN EYE DOCTOR!!!!

    I cant stress this enough, a similar incident happened to me awhile ago, got hit in the eye, after I was dizzy, etc, similar symptoms to you. I decided to tough it out, after awhile I started to lost the vision in the eye (like a curtain being drawn down) I finally went to see an eye doctor, and was in surgery the next day for a detached retina
    the doctor told me I was close to losing the vision completely in the eye, and not getting it back, he said I was lucky to be able to see again.
    Just my experience, be extra careful and get it checked out before your tourney

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    Hi Joanne,

    what you describe is *exactly* what happened to me quite recently. It lasted for 4 or 5 days..

    When I checked my eyelid, it actually had a mark on it, so it wasn't a direct hit on the cornea.

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    Sheesh, I forgot to write down that with my injury, I got it checked out by two doctors. One from the casualty department the same day, and then a couple of days later back in my local hospital.

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