A HORRIFIED mum has revealed how her four-year-old daughter was almost blinded at nursery and needed five-hour eye surgery to save her vision.
New Zealand mum Michelle told Kidspot that her daughter Skyla couldn't even open her eye when she was called to the nursery last February.
Although Skyla said another child threw a rock at her face, the nursery told the mum it was a toy airplane.
Michelle said: "She just had her eye shut and she wouldn’t open it. I couldn’t see any bruising or anything."
The mum took Skyla straight to the GP who then referred her to a specialist eye clinic.
"By the time we got in there it was quite late, about six in the evening," Michelle said. "The doctor couldn’t get a very clear look because Skylar wasn’t letting him, but at the time he couldn’t see anything potentially serious.”
Skyla was scheduled in for a follow-up appointment two days later and her eye was noticeably better the next morning.
But on the day of her appointment, Michelle noticed that her daughter's eyelids had swollen and her daughter wasn't herself.
She explained: "We got in for her checkup, and the lady was a bit firmer with her than the previous guy. So she got a good look, and from that moment, it was all on.
"All of a sudden there was a room full of doctors and nurses and they told us she needed surgery right away because her eyeball was split and the iris was protruding through the split."
All of a sudden there was a room full of doctors and nurses and they told us she needed surgery right away because her eyeball was split and the iris was protruding through the split.
In order to save Skyla's sight, doctors needed to operate right away – and Michelle says watching her daughter being put under anaesthetic was the "worst thing [she'd seen] in her life."
The mum was allowed to be by Skyla's side before she went into surgery for five hours – and luckily, doctors were able to treat the injury which could have blinded the four-year-old.
She added: "Straight after the surgery, her surgeon came and explained how serious it was.
"He said that they had to cut the protruding iris a little bit, they had to cut it off and then they re-stitched the split right across the eye."
Although the back of Skyla's retina luckily wasn't damaged, her eyesight will be permanently damaged as she lost part of her iris.
A year and a half after the accident, Skyla has to wear patches over her "good eye" to strengthen the one that was injured.
However, Skyla is unlikely to ever have perfect vision again.
And while Skyla's parents don't blame the nursery for what happened, Michelle wants to share their story to highlight the importance of having eye injuries looked at by professionals as soon as possible.
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