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  Glass Eyes and Roller Coasters Don't Mix
Posted by Jack Mingo on 2000/12/30 23:16:07 US/Eastern

Here's something I learned while looking up something else: Maybe glass eyes and roller coasters don't mix too well. According to a story in the Washington Times, "glass eyes" are no longer made from glass, but a hard, virtually unbreakable plastic. That's a good thing, since 17,000 to 18,000 people lose an eyeball every year. A good replacement eye is indistinguishable from a real one, but it doesn't come cheap--$1700 to 2500 for a custom matched eye made by an expert ocularist. However, most medical plans and Medicaid will usually cover most or all of that. Since they're held in place only by your eye socket and lid, the biggest problem with a false eye is slippage. Sometimes this is an extreme situation as in the man who lost his false eye while riding a roller coaster at Paramount's Kings Dominion amusement park. The man returned after the park closed to look for it with the help of park employees. According to the story, one of the park's attendants announced that he'd found it, but "when the man went over to retrieve it, he discovered that the attendant had found someone else's false eye."

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