Location: US, Present day
Searched: traumatic eye injuries, ocular injuries, the tags here, and spent lots of time reading the posts on losteye.com --none of this has given me the exact info I needed, so here it is, if anyone can help that would be awesome:
I have a 17 year old athlete that needs to be permanently swayed from his path of college via a sport scholarship. I need an injury that is permanent and that a healer type character would not be able to fix. As a result, I've come up with losing one eye, as it would be feasible for him to lose his scholarship, and the healer be unable to heal him (not strong enough to generate a whole new eye, etc).
AS the story is being told in first person, I may not need to go into extreme detail (he doesn't want to tell the details, he tells me), I need a general idea of the following:
What kind of sports related injuries could lead to eye loss? The only sport I'm not keen to place him in is football (American), since that's not his body type. I'm thinking soccer or hockey.
From the stories of eye loss I've read on the internet discussion boards, etc, mention multiple surgeries, and rather lengthy processes. Is there ever a case that they don't bother with the multiple surgeries, just remove the eye?
How long between an eye being removed until a prosthetic is put in?
Is the first prosthetic eye put in via surgery? (From what I've read, this seems to be the case, or am I missing something?)
Again, it doesn't have to be exact details, since I'm sure he'd talk more about emotions/the drug haze he was in than the exact medical procedures, more like x surgery happened, eye was put in x weeks after, etc.
Thanks again, since my google/research fu has failed me.