Coaster ride gives patient extra thrill

Tuesday, September 23, 2003 7:05 AM
Came across this story about a patient that gets helped out by a coaster.(sent it to news also)

http://www.nytimes.com/2003/09/23/health/23ROLL.html?ex=1064894400&en=535c46ef5b34eb3a&ei=5062&partner=GOOGLE

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Tuesday, September 23, 2003 7:14 AM
Ah, the healing powers of roller coasters. Send this one to Ed Markey!

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Tuesday, September 23, 2003 7:33 AM
Uh...did you see what the doctor said toward the end? The ride could just as easily knock the lens out of place.

Not good news for folks with implanted lenses.

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"I go out at 3 o' clock for a quart of milk and come home to my son treating his body like an amusement park!" - Estelle Costanza

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Tuesday, September 23, 2003 8:24 AM
Getting hit in a bar room brawl produces an acceleration many times that of a coaster. That's what ripped the lens loose. Sneezing also produces a much greater acceleration to the head.

I suspect that at coaster could move a lens that has already been loosened as in this case, but I doubt that it would move a properly anchored lens. Otherwise people would not be able to keep their artificail lenses in place when they sneeze.

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Tuesday, September 23, 2003 1:59 PM
Good point. I'm surprised that the MD didn't think of that. Actually, I just read it again, and I think his sentence should have included "loose implanted lense" instead of just "implanted lense."

Yup, send it along with Jim's ammendment to Ed.

Could you imagine having a cat eye like that? Interesting that he was able to see fine with the pupil distorted like that. Then again, the pupil doesn't bend light; it's just an aperature. I'd say that he must have been sensitive to light, but the brain does tend to adapt to the input.

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"I go out at 3 o' clock for a quart of milk and come home to my son treating his body like an amusement park!" - Estelle Costanza
*** This post was edited by janfrederick 9/23/2003 6:01:16 PM ***

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