Everyone knows that dealing with contact lenses is a very delicate task. Eyes are so sensitive, you actually have to take a pretty mental amount of care not to damage them.
So when I heard that a woman had ripped off her cornea after leaving her contact lenses in for 10 hours, I shuddered to my core.
The most incredible part of this is, the 10 hours was only two hours longer than the recommended time, and she lost part of her cornea.
Now I don’t actually wear contact lenses, but I know people who do and I’m sure most wearers have put them in first thing in the morning, done a full day at work, and then kept them in for a night out on plenty of occasions, but for 23-year-old Meabh McHugh-Hill the lens in her left eye became stuck to her eyeball.
Struggling to get it out and not sure what was going on, Meabh was a little rough trying yo get it out and accidentally tore her cornea, causing severe pain and damage that could have left her blind.
“I ran upstairs to take them out and stupidly, in a rush, I just pinched my eye first like I normally would do to get the contact out,” she explained.
“But I should have moistened them first because this time my eye was so dry the contact had actually glued itself to my eyeball.”
As a protective reaction, Meabh’s left eye had completely shut by the following morning, while the right one suddenly became very sensitive to light, which left the university graduate having to stay in complete darkness for five days following the incident.
“I suffered a week of unbearable pain. It was excruciating, like nothing I’ve ever experienced before.
“My vision is okay now but my eye is still very sensitive,” Meabh told the Liverpool Echo.
“I was so, so lucky. I could have lost my sight. I just didn’t realize how dangerous wearing contact lenses could be if your eyes are not moistened.”
As a result, Meabh has a permanent scar on her left eyeball and will never be able to wear contact lenses again, she is also now not a suitable candidate for laser eye surgery. but I guess that’s a small price to pay considering she could have lost her sight entirely.