Prater works for an electric company and had left a job site where his crew had removed a tree from power lines when his eye started bothering him. He noticed a tiny spot on his eye and tried to flush it several times to no avail. Finally, he went to the doctor and admits he got "scared a little bit" at the diagnosis.
After numbing Prater's eye, the doctor removed the tick. Prater was sent home with antibiotics and steroid drops. Prater says he uses bug repellent before he starts each work day, "but you can't spray your eyes."
Information from: WYMT-TV, http://www.wymt.com/