WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A Kentucky man who went to the doctor for his eye irritation had just had a tick removed from his eyeball.
- Chris Prater told WYMT-TV that he started having irritation in his eye after untangling a tree from a power line.
- When he finally sees an optometrist, the doctor numbed his eye and removed the tick with a pair of tweezers.
A Kentucky man who went to the doctor for his eye irritation had just had a tick removed from his eyeball.
Chris Prater told CBS-affiliated television station WYMT-TV that he sprayed himself down with insect repellent before heading out to a job in eastern Kentucky. He took every precaution as he prepared to untangle a tree from a power line. But there was really no way to prepare for what was about to happen to him.
After his work was done for the day, he noticed his eye was bothering him and looks irritated.
“I noticed I just started having irritation in my eye,” Prater told WYMT-TV.
He flushed his eye out several times to remove any foreign object that might have gotten into his eye. He also had a co-worker take a look at it but the irritation didn’t stop. That’s when he noticed a spot that didn’t move.
Hesitant to go to a doctor, Prater kept hoping the irritation would flush itself out. When he couldn’t take it any longer, he finally made an appointment with an optometrist.
“When the doctor finally comes in, he was looking at it. He said, ‘I know what’s in your eye.'”
Prater was shocked to learn what’s irritating his eye.
“He said, ‘It’s a tick.’ That’s when I got scared a little bit,” he told the TV station. “I leaned around and looked at him and I asked him if he was joking and he said, ‘No, you have a deer tick or some type of tick.’ It was very little.”
Prater said the doctor numbed his eye and removed the insect with a pair of tweezers.
“Once he grabbed ahold of it and pulled it off, the tick made a, like, a little popping sound when it came off of my eye,” he said.
According to Yahoo Lifestyle, tick infestation in eyes is incredibly rare, and most cases are on the eyelids, not the actual eyeball. Take this reported case of a woman in the U.K. who found a tick on her lower eyelid after a camping trip.
Prater was sent home with antibiotics and steroid drops and should suffer no lasting damage.
“You get a lot of kids hiking, camping, I just urge them to spray,” Prater said, noting, “but you can’t spray your eyes.”