In 2013, Jenn Morrone went to the dentist for a root canal — an already painful experience. Her dentist didn’t have her wear eye protection, which both the American Dental Association and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention highly recommend. Then the needle used to numb her mouth fell into her eye. Ugh! The bacteria from Jenn’s mouth that was in the needle caused a serious eye infection. Antibiotics and multiple surgeries couldn’t fix the problem; Morrone now wears a prosthetic eye.
Morrone wrote on Facebook, “This was about 3 weeks after my accident, before things really sank in… My youngest daughter wanted me to feel better so she patched her eye to look like mine.”
She added, “This was after my 1st surgery but before my second (when they permanently removed my lens)…it’s so easy to smile, pretend your ok on the outside…when you know you are scared as hell on the inside.”
“This was 100% preventable, what happened to me,” Morrone explained to CBS Philly on July 8th. “If eye protection was worn, we wouldn’t be here and I would still have my vision and my life would be a lot different.”
According to College Candy, 20% of dentists say their patients never wear eye protection, and only 6% of dentists make it mandatory. And yet, according to ophthalmologist Dr. Christopher Brady on CBS Philly:
“The bacteria and germs that live inside the mouth are very dangerous inside the eye. I personally do think it should be mandatory.”
Sounds like a change in policy is in order!
Morrone reached a settlement with the dentist. But Morrone hasn’t let the unfortunate incident keep her down. She is using her story on her Facebook page Jenn’s Vision to campaign that all dentists be required to use eye protection. She also seeks along with educating patients about the importance of said protection. As of now, Jenn’s Vision has over three thousand likes. People of all ages proudly post photos of themselves wearing eye protection.
“I had to fight back the only way I could,” Morrone said. “And one of the most important things to me was making sure this didn’t happen again.”
We applaud Morrone for using her tragedy to help change the world for the better. And remember, ladies, no matter how simple the dental procedure, wear protection!