What to do when you get a leech on your eye

Per our Australasian colleagues:

The Australasian College for Emergency Medicine has reported the first case of a leech being safely removed from a human eye.

A 66-year-old woman from Sydney’s north was gardening in March last year when she flicked soil into her left eye.

Doctors at the Hospital removed the leech from beneath her upper eyelid using a 3 per cent saline solution.

Read the very short article to get the story.  Try not to think about a leech being stuck to your own eye.

Now you know.  Also, try not to think about having a leech stuck to your own eye.


  1. For some reason, I can’t help but think of a leech being stuck to my own eye…

  2. No, no no. You’re Not supposed to think about that.


  3. TheNewGuy says:

    I think I’d rather have GC conjunctivitis.

  4. Leech to the eyeball may be the ideal ED treatment for fibromyalgia. Quick, and very, very few return visits.

  5. CholeraJoe says:

    I’ve removed several leeches from eyeballs in pretty much the same way under primitive conditions (Backwoods Madagascar). It apparently happens with some frequency and the natives know how to irrigate them out with salt water.

  6. I already saw this in one of the Jackass movies. No, I’m not kidding.