Actor Joey Lawrence apparently got an eyeful Wednesday while rehearsing with Melissa Joan Hart for their ABC Family show, Melissa and Joey. While leaning over to hug Hart, Lawrence got poked in the eye with the script, “ripping” his cornea. He sent out this tweet on Thursday:
“Hey my tweet peeps. Sorry for being AWOL. I got hit in the eye yesterday mrng by accident in the set and it ripped my cornea. Trying to heal,” Joey tweeted Thursday. “So I can do the show tmrw and be ok! Love you all and I’ll be in touch very soon xoxo.”
Later, he tweeted : “Thank you for all your well wishes my tweeters! I’m in some pain right now but trying to heal quickly… Luv u all ” along with this picture.
Because the cornea is as smooth and clear as glass but is strong and durable, it helps the eye in two ways:
Corneal abrasions are the most common eye injuries and especially prevalent among people who wear contact lenses. Corneal abrasions may be caused by:
Corneal abrasions are frequently difficult to see with the naked eye, however, by putting a small amount of a dye called fluoroscein into the eye, and shining a blue light at it, corneal abrasions can be easily seen.
Symptoms of a corneal abrasion include:
Treatment for corneal injuries may involve:
Injuries that affect only the surface of the cornea normally heal very rapidly with treatment, and the eye should be back to normal within 2 days.
Sources: Medline Plus, National Eye Institute