Electrical worker Chris Prater from Kentucky in the United States is used to cutting trees as part of his job. So, when his eye felt a little bit uncomfortable after cutting a tree one day, he thought that it was caused by some sawdust.
Thinking that flushing the sawdust with some water could help get it out of his eye, Prater then rinsed his eye with water.
Unfortunately, his eye remained irritated. As it had persisted for quite a while, Prater then went to see an optometrist to find out what was wrong with his eye, according to CNN.
He was hoping that the irritation was the result of some sawdust but the optometrist discovered that it was not the powdery particles of wood that cause his eye irritation but rather, a tick!
“When the doctor finally comes in, he was looking at it. He said, ‘I know what’s in your eye,” Chris told WYMT.
“He said, ‘It’s a tick.’ That’s when I got scared a little bit. I leaned around and looked at him and I asked him if he was joking and he said, ‘No, you have a deer tick or some type of tick.’ It was very little.”
Luckily, it did not require any major surgery to take the tick out of his eye.
The doctor then proceeded to numb Prater’s eye and used a tweezer to remove the tick.
“Once he grabbed ahold of it and pulled it off, the tick made a, like a little popping sound when it came off of my eye,” Prater said.
He was then given some steroid eye drops and antibiotics before he returned home.
Following the incident, the electrical worker now urged everyone to apply insect repellent before going outdoors.
“You get a lot of kids hiking, camping, I just urge them to spray. But you can’t spray your eyes!” he joked.