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First off, these photos are not for the squeamish! This is a safety issue that needs to be addressed however. FISH HOOKS IN THE EYE! Nearly everyone wears sunglasses during the day while fishing, but unless you need prescription lenses, how many of you wear clear safety glasses while night fishing? Not many right? I'm taking my beloved 11 year old granddaughter overnight fishing next weekend and want to make sure she wears clear safety glasses after sundown, she wears sunglasses during the day. PLEASE, take this warning to heart: WEAR CLEAR SAFETY GLASSES when you are not wearing sunglasses while fishing or risk horrible injury.post-17896-0-85533100-1310271798_thumb.j

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One of my boys hooked the other through the meat on his eyebrow w/ a spinnerbait. He was very lucky that it didn't go through his eyeball. B)

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I wonder if he intended to catch a wall"EYE" LMAO>>>>>>>>>>>>

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My sunglasses saved my eye early this season some of you might remember the post but I took a crank bait to the face rolled off my lens and stuck both trebles in my forehead and temple. Not fun at all but I don't wear anything at night though I should but at the same token I don't night fish either at least not often.

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I wonder if he intended to catch a wall"EYE" LMAO>>>>>>>>>>>>

LOL, Hilarious!

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My hat saved a few years ago. Was fishing with a couple friends on my boat. My one buddy was on the front deck with me and went to set the hook on a "fish". When I looked up to see what was going on, all I saw was his little crankbait flyin straight towards me. All I had time to do was tuck my chin in and WHACK, got nailed right in the forehead with his crank. Fortunately, he uses ultra light gear so didn't really hurt much at all. Luckily, that's the closest I've come to an eye/head injury fishing.

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i got a hook in the eye when i was 5.i have to wear glasses now.safty glasses not a bad idea..

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I could post pictures from March of this year when I took a chatterbait to the face, fortunately is hit at my chin. After the hospital's maintenance guy cut the hook they cut the rest of it out of my face. Once out it to 6 stitches to close the hole. I never saw or heard it coming, a little higher or lower and things could have been much worse. These things happen, better to be safe then sorry.

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Yikes!!

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Doesn't matter how many times I see that picture it makes a little sick to my stomach.

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Sorry to bring up and old thread, but I had to share a recent experience. Apologies for a long post.

Last fall I was fishing salmon/steelhead in Pulaski NY...you fish them on a splitshot rig...a heavy one at that. Anyhow, hooked into a nice steelie and it snapped the line at the hook while running upstream. I took five 1/4oz split shots to the left eye via Maxima slingshot. Literally saw them coming. but it was too late at the point. Instant loss of vision in the left, followed by disorientation and fell in the river.....

Undercover DEC officer pulled me out and carried me out half a mile with my brother. ER visit ensues, MRI reveals I am a lucky guy, and the impact has spared the lense inside my eye somehow. Morphine and a cute nurse make the first few hours bearable, but it was quite painful still. 2 weeks pass and the pressure in my eye is near critical levels...(onset of glaucoma) and the drops are not working. This kind of pressure on the optic nerve will make you blind after a week or 2, and I was nauseated 24 hours a day. Surgery time: This involved taking a scalpel the the side of my eye and letting the bloody fluid drain out because my eye couldnt handle it naturally. All this done while I am awake...needless to say I freaked and they put me out, and I woke up with the procedure completed. 1 stitch later I am back home. You might ask, Could you see anything? I could see the color red, and I could tell the difference between light and darkness. That was it, which was better than nothing. 13 days after the surgery, I woke up and I could see again, although it was like looking through a fishbowl or tomatoe soup. I prayed to god to give me vision back so I could fish and be normal again. I am not religous, but I believe it was a gift. Take that as you will.

Regardless, it was the most painful injury I've ever had, and I've broken both legs, both ankles, 3 fingers, 5 ribs, and had a few teeth knocked out to boot. The optic nerve is nothing to trifle with my friends. It goes straight to your brain, and it will ruin your day...everyday. The impact has left me with angular deflection type glaucoma, and a non functioning pupil. I wear sunglasses outdoors from sun up to sun down now everyday. I have to take glaucoma drops for the rest of my life. The impact also formed a cataract which will have to be removed in time.

10 weeks pass and I was finally able to leave my pitch black bedroom. Yes, 10 weeks. All this because my brother and I were too lazy to turn around and grab my pair fishing glasses. 20/20 vision and still catching fish. I am one lucky SOB.

Dont be a fool, protect your vision at all times. You take it for granted until its taken away for a while.

I have pics, but do you really wanna see a gnarled deflated eye? No, you really dont.

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but I believe it was a gift

A gift...from medical science and the doctors that fixed it. Thank them.

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