Warning! Gross images ahead!
Addicted to looking at gross things? Pimple popping, cyst removals, and blackhead squirt videos get millions of views on YouTube and other social media. Professional dermatologists like Dr. Sandra Lee (aka Dr. Pimple Popper) upload videos of themselves performing procedures because they know we want to see pus squirting and giant cysts being plucked out of various areas of the body.
Just as good (though very unsanitary) are the videos of folks doing a DIY popping at home: They record themselves on their phones, upload it, and get their 15 minutes of (nasty) fame. It’s also hilarious to see their reactions or the reactions of their family members involved… bonus points for dry heaving.
You think you’ve seen it all? Well, this eye cyst surgery is something else entirely, so I’d advise going forward with caution…
Yes, this is a thing
There are different types of cysts one can get on the whites of their eyes. It can be something as harmless as a tiny clear bump that will often go away on its own. But not this sucker: It keeps going and going.
What we are looking at here is a cyst INSIDE of an eyeball. This could be something called conjunctival granuloma or a epithelial inclusion cyst — or any number of specific afflictions.
The surgeon has to start by cutting into the eyeball to even get to the cyst. Then it takes a hand-over-hand maneuver with fine tweezers to start to coax it out. Then the doctor has to gently pull while widening the incision hole.
No one wants to go through an eye surgery where you are awake with your eyelids pried open and where you are forced to see that there’s all sorts of very sharp things headed for your eyeball.
Since the cyst can’t be removed in one fell swoop, the surgeon has to pull out as much of the cyst as they can and cauterize that bit of it off with the help of a sterile cotton swab for leverage and protection.
Many of us take our sight for granted and don’t get an annual eye exam (with dilation). Make sure to wash your hands when handling your contacts, use fresh cleansing solution, and change them out in a timely manner. Wear legit sunglasses that have 99 to 100 percent blockage from both UV-A and UV-B radiation. Wear protective eyewear when doing minor or major construction around your house. You don’t want microscopic wood particles in your eyes.
And then there are those people, who we all know at least one of, that ignore medical conditions until it gets to this point.
Eyeball cysts could be a result of poor eye hygiene, cancer, a degenerative disorder, certain medications, or injuries/trauma.
Most likely you’ll feel one develop before you even see it in the mirror. If you do notice something that is directly on your eyeball, iris, or pupil, do NOT touch it or attempt to pop it: No matter how much it itches or irritates you (which will be a lot). Don’t let a Google search diagnose you when it comes to eyeball afflictions. Get yourself to an ophthalmologist immediately. You don’t want be this person, do you?
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