NBC's Savannah Sellers says her vision went black after her exercise band snapped into her eye

January 26, 2021


"It's not like people are flying in with these injuries," Dr. Jose Torradas, an emergency medicine physician near Philadelphia who was not involved in the research, told Insider. But they're not exactly "freak accidents," as Sellers' described, either.

In the study, eight patients had an injury in one eye, and three had injuries in both. All of them had iritis, or inflammation of the iris; nine had hyphema, or a pooling of blood in the front chamber of the eye; and four had vitreous hemorrhage, or bleeding into the back part of the eye.

On average, their vision was 20/100 — meaning they'd need to be 20 feet away to see what someone with normal vision can see at 100 feet — and improved to 40/100 at the average follow-up time of 4.7 weeks.

All patients received topical treatments like eye drops, and one needed surgery for a macular hole. It's unclear how many will sustain long-term vision deficits.

Torradas, a spokesperson for the American College of Emergency Physicians, said storing your bands properly can make a difference too. For example, using one that's been in a cold garage can make it prone to snapping.

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