The potentially worse (and definately most frightening) "eye experience" for me happened a few years back when I was working for a large company as the maintenance tool crib manager. They needed a new florescent bulb to replace a burned out one, so I went to the upstairs level of the crib to get one. Someone had put the last box of florescent bulbs on the top of the storage shelving that was a little over 7 feet tall. I grabbed the box, couldn't quite get my hand in the opened end to grab a new tube, so I pulled the box down towards me, tipping it near verticle so one would slide out in my hand. It was directly over my head, I was looking up into it, when I heard a slight "tinkling" sound coming toward me. I didn't get my eyes closed fast enough, and sure enough, someone had broken one of the glass florescent bulbs and not cleaned the box out. I got a face full of tiny glass slivers, including some in my eyes. The pain was intense, to say the least. My eyes clamped shut involuntarily, and hurt to keep them closed, but I couldn't open them because any movement caused severe pain. I frantically stumbled down the stairs, and made my way across the plant towards the nurses office. This was second shift, and the nurse wasn't there except full time on days, and on-call at night, but there was an eyewash station in the office. I felt my way to it and rinsed and rinsed my eyes out. I was in a near panic, worried that I would be blind, cause it felt that my eyes were cut to pieces. I washed alot of glass out of my eye, and a supervisor that was walking by took me to the hospital, turned out I had rinsed it all out. Talk about being VERY lucky!