This is a public service post. You really want to be careful when you blow your nose. Really careful.
A woman’s eye swelled to the size of a golf ball after she blew her nose too forcefully.
Doctors said if left untreated such an injury can cause blindness as it can cause pressure to build up in the eye, damaging the optic nerve.
The 32-year-old woman, who remains unnamed, arrived at the Emergency Department of Leicester Royal Infirmary University Hospital.
She told doctors she had ‘forcefully’ blown her nose four hours earlier.
Doctors examined her and determined that the cause really was due to her blowing her nose.
She also had a broken nose, but it’s not known if that had anything to do with the problem.
[Tests] revealed she had ‘orbital emphysema’, a swelling that occurs when air is forced into the soft tissues around the eye.
In severe cases, the condition can cause blindness, as pressure can build up in the eye, triggering a loss of blood to the optic nerve.
In reality the swelling was more like a golf ball than a melon.
Anybody know where Tiger Woods was that day?
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