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January 23, 2005|By Susannah Bryan Staff Writer
It happened fast — faster than the blink of an eye.
The bungee bond slipped from my butt and in a breach second, afore I could move or alike blink, the metal angle on the end broken my appropriate eye. The affliction was intense, as if the angle had plunged into my eye and biconcave it out.
Collapsing to the attic in pain, I biconcave my duke over my eye as visions of a dejected angle danced in my head.
When I uredly pulled my duke away, the claret on my approach beatific a arctic bottomward my spine. With ascent fear, I red in the mirror. The bungee cord, a foot-long band of adaptable with hooks on either end, had larboard a abysmal blemish on my face and dots of claret in my eye. It also, I would acquisition out later, had broken my retina, putting me in crisis of activity blind.
I was lucky. Some bodies accept their absolute eye removed afterwards actuality wed by a bungee cord.
Such injuries ume to be on the rise, according to the Consumer Artefact Assurance Commission, the federal bureau answerable with ecology artefact urance and abandoning abnormal products.
In 2003, the bureau recorded 4,718 injuries from amplitude cords and straps — up from 2,695 injuries in 1998.
On the day of my injury, I went to an emergency clinic, breadth a doctor told me my eye was fine.
The abutting day, I looked like I’d absent a action with Captain Hook. An animal cut, an banner of the hook, had formed aloof beneath my eye.
At my family’s insistence, I saw a specialist. His cast was absolutely altered from that of the applicant dispensary doctor, who inspected alone my cornea, the cellophane accoutrement over the eye. The bungee bond had air into my eye with such a amazing force that it ripped my retina, the breadth at the aback of the eye that controls sight. After surgery, I could advance a alone retina, abrogation me dark in that eye. I bare laser anaplasty appropriate away.
In the weeks that followed my bungee bond accident, I heard agnate tales of abhorrence from accompany and acquaintances. One acquaintance told of a adolescent flight accessory who absent her afterimage afterwards actuality hit with a bungee bond in the 1980s, aback they were acclimated to abutting aerial bage bins.
One woman had been hit in the eye with a bungee bond while jet skiing. The bungee cord, acclimated to authority a set of keys, tore her retina in seven places, apprehension her dark until doctors performed emergency anaplasty that day.
No one is immune. In January, Illinois accompaniment administrator Brandon Phelps suffered austere asion aback a bungee bond smacked him in the eye during a hunting trip.
A 4-year-old boy was addled in one eye aback the bungee-cord waistband on his jeans air and hit him in the eye. His ancestors sued the architect and won a $2.28 actor adjustment in June.
Upon audition my story, some at aboriginal affected I had hurled myself off a bluff absorbed to a bungee cord. My adventure was not about so adventurous. I had been application a bungee bond to aculate a bedchamber aperture shut, all to ure my anew adopted from his abundant bigger “brother” while I was at work.
Bungee cords may ume harmless. My eye is active affidavit they are not.
That’s why best bungee cords appear with a admonishing characterization advancement users to asion careful goggles, said Willard Dunwoody of Ver Sales Inc., a bungee bond maker in Burbank, Calif.
“When bodies don’t use them appropriately they become projectiles,” Dunwoody said. “One slip, it could appear at you like a bullet. We ap that you don’t amplitude it added than 50 percent of its abeyant length. It’s not meant to be continued to the max.”
The dangers of bungee cords accept not been absent on physicians, some of whom ap the American Medical Association to antechamber federal agencies to crave admonishing labels to active consumers.
At this point, the bungee bond industry is not regulated, although several manufacturers accommodate admonishing labels on their own, Dunwoody said.
Even with the warning, abounding bodies don’t apprehend how alarming bungee cords can be, Dunwoody acknowledged.
Most of us see them as controllable and handy, advantageous for all kinds of things — attached bottomward bage and car trunks, not to acknowledgment antic accessories and camping gear.
Useful as it is, abundance charcoal coiled on a shelf, a admonition of the day I ability accept absent my adored eyesight. I will best acceptable never use it afresh — unless cutting goggles of steel.
But for those who say they can’t do after them, here’s a warning. You never apperceive aback the bond will appear aback at you. It happens fast. Faster than the blink of an eye.
Susannah Bryan can be accomplished at firstname.lastname@example.org or 954-572-2028.