Man left partially blinded after being hit by egg

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A MAN was left partially blinded after an egg was thrown at him from a passing car.

The 30-year-old, who works at the University of Portsmouth but wishes to remain anonymous, has blurred vision in his left eye after a piece of egg shell lodged in his cornea.

He was walking along Hampshire Terrace, Southsea, when someone threw an egg from a passing vehicle which smashed into the centre of his face.

Medics at Queen Alexandra Hospital had to remove egg shells from both of his eyes.

They said he could have completely lost his vision if the egg had landed two inches to the left or to the right.

The victim, of Rowlands Castle, told The News: ‘It came out of the blue, without any warning. One minute I was standing on the side of the road and the next I had a massive impact in the middle of my face.

‘It felt harder than being punched in the nose. I stumbled backwards and when I put my hands to my face I felt liquid – I thought it was blood, and of course some of it was as I had a nose bleed, but I was panicking.

‘I then fell to the floor and screamed in agony but also in fear because I realised I was in trouble.

‘I could see colour through my left eye but I couldn’t open the right one which had taken the greatest impact. I thought I was completely blind. I was terrified.’

Four young men came to the victim’s aid and were shortly joined by nearby police who called the paramedics and drove him to Queen Alexandra Hospital.

There he was put on an anaesthetic to dull the pain while nurses pulled out large chunks of egg shell from both eyes.

The next day he went back for surgery on his left eye to remove a piece that was embedded in his cornea and scratched it permanently – causing blurred vision.

He said: ‘The blinding is permanent, it’s like constantly looking through someone else’s glasses, everything is a blur.

‘Because it’s not a stigmatism glasses won’t help either. I’m lucky I can still drive, but it’s going to affect my life in so many ways like my ability to play sport and function at work.

‘I still wake up every morning thinking I can see properly and then reality hits me. It’s been terrible.’

Anyone with information about the incident, which took place on between 8.20pm and 9pm on September 27, should call PC Lucy Allan on 101 or contact her via Hampshire Police’s website.

Or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.