While inspecting a repair, Tyler Marks pierced his eye with a wire from an aircraft cable.
“I treated my injury at work cleaning my eye at an eyewash station but did not realize the extent of the injury. I knew I had been “poked “in the eye by something but did not know that it had pierced my cornea.”
Not sure what to do, Marks visited a walk-in clinic. Fortunately, the doctor at the walk-in knew that urgent and specialized eye treatment was needed quickly, and Marks was sent to the Buhler Eye Care Centre, where MHC Ophthalmologist Dr. Rodney Kellen immediately performed surgery to repair a tear in his cornea.
“When an eye is pierced with a sharp object the injury should be regarded as an emergency. This kind of injury must be treated as soon as possible,” explains Dr. Kellen.
Vision loss would have greatly impacted Marks’s life, as a father, a snowmobile enthusiast, and a rural resident with many outdoor hobbies.
Fortunately, today Marks has perfect vision in both eyes.
“I am so grateful for the doctors at the Buhler Eye Care Centre who have given me the gift of sight,” says Marks of his experience, “I can’t imagine how my life might have changed without their expert care.”
The Buhler Eye Care Centre, which opened officially in January of 2015, is the place where Manitobans go for specialized eye care, including emergencies, surgery and treatment for diseases such as diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, and cancers of the eyes. It is the largest comprehensive surgical and treatment program in Western Canada, with 26 surgical ophthalmologists on staff, many with subspecialty training, serving Manitoba, Northwestern Ontario, the Territories and Nunavut.
The Buhler Centre also hosts the University of Manitoba Ophthalmology Residency Program, which hosts a resident clinic and mock operating room to train budding ophthalmologists. The Buhler Centre is also home to the Misericordia Eye Bank medical lab, where eye donations are used for transplantation and education.