OK, I know this is a random subject. I thought I write this up since I had gotten Peat Moss in my eye a few weeks ago and I could not find anything on the Internet about it. Just to calm some nerves, based on my research, I did not find any information that having peat moss in your eye causing any serious damage such as vision loss or impairment. Even the information from the Peat Moss bag and various Peat Moss Safety Material Data Sheet (mfg website) stated “If eye irritation occurs, flush with water.”
Note: Incident occurred with Premier Organic Peat Moss
While creating my worm farm, I had left over from the big bag of peat moss and decided to pour the rest into my lawn and then it happened. As the peat moss was quickly released from the bag, it created a cloud of dust and it got into my eye.
What did you do next?
I immediately flushed my eye out with water repeatedly and rinsed it with eye drops which gave no relief. In the next hour, my eyes was getting worse. It went from my eye feeling like something grainy in it to throbbing pain and eventually uncontrollable watery eyes.
I then went to pick up Eye Wash Solution and flushed my eye with half the bottle and only found minimal relief. Every blink was starting to be more excruciating.
Decisions, decisions, decisions…
At this point, it was late in the evening, 3 hours had gone by and was feeling worse. Since my Ophthalmologist (eye doctor) office closed, I decided to head to the Emergency Room.
The ER Visit
The doctors had performed an eye test by having me read the letters chart and started with a numbing eye drops. The drops burned so bad, that it had taken a few minutes before they could resume their diagnose. The doctor dimmed the lights and examined my eye with a blue light and microscope called a slit lamp.
Diagnose – Corneal Abrasion
It was a corneal abrasion; it is a scratch on the clear, protective “window” at the front of your eye (cornea). This is common when the eye comes in contact with dust, dirt or even the edge of a paper. Corneal abrasion could heal on its own within 1-3 days, but deeper abrasions can result in serious eye infection and even corneal ulcer. More serious abrasions can take up to a week or longer.
I have had corneal abrasions before, and this was the worse.
The doctor explained that the peat moss must have gotten behind my contact lense and scratched my eye while blinking.
The doctor went ahead and irrigated my eyes with saline water until the bag was completely empty. It was literally having water run off my eyes down my face for 20 minutes. The goal was to rinse my eyes to ensure there were no more particles left behind in my eyes.
Before discharged from the hospital, I was treated with more numbing drops so I can drive at night and was given antibiotics to prevent an eye infection. I also went home and took an Advil for the pain.
With age should come wisdom. 🙂
Intuition told me that that I could possibly get peat moss in my eyes considering how dusty it was. Instead of being patient and slowly release the peat moss to my lawn, I quickly poured it and suffered the consequences. Wanting to complete the lawn work in less time ended up costing me my whole evening and an ER and follow-up office bill.
In three days, I went back to see my personal Ophthalmologists as a follow-up and the recommendation was to not wear contact lenses for a week.
It has been a few weeks since I’m writing this now and I’ve fully recovered.
Hopefully, you have learned a thing or two from my experience. I’ll be sure to be more careful next time.
Thanks for reading!