Hmm, must be goin' around this year. For my last birthday (Apr 15), I went to the eye doctor and had my eye "drilled". Yep, "DRILLED"!
I was doing some work on my classic car, also involving welding and grinding, but my story differs from there. I was grinding WITH safety glasses on, and somehow, two tiny fragments of steel got lodged in my right eye. The doc told me they had been in there for 2 or 3 days and he could tell by the rust spots in my iris. When he told me that, I remembered when I felt them hit my eye around my safety glasses, but I didn't feel anything in there right when it happened, so I had thought they just bounced out or whatever.
So my eye started bothering me about 5pm the day before my birthday. That night I spotted the pieces in my eye and began to worry when they wouldn't move and my eye wasn't congealing around them. The next morning it was clear I needed to see an eye doc, my eye was Ferrari red.
Anyway, once he saw what the problem was and told me, I asked him, "soooo, how do we get them out?" ...."oh, I'm going to drill them out." .... "you're going to DRILL them out!!!!
So panic sets in, the thought of any kind of "work" being done on my eye don't sit well with me, but all in all, he put a bunch of drops in my eye, numbed it, and proceeded to use what we came to an agreement on, was essentially a super micro Dremel tool. So of course as I'm getting my eye drilled, I'm thinking of how AWESOME it would be to have one of these micro dremels for use at the bench!
It was my birthday after all!
Well, no luck with that, but except for a few days of extreme light sensitivity and redness, my eye healed up just fine.
So, I know the feeling, though yours sounds FAR more painful! Were you wearing leather gloves? I had a handful (pun?) of times where my glove got sucked into the grinding disc and I was sure happy I had my gloves on.
Speed recovery to ya!