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Girl kept awake for days by eye-eating bug

By T.K. Randall
May 24, 2015 · Comment icon 16 comments

The parasitic infection is believed to have come from a contact lens. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Laitr Keiows
Jessica Greaney was forced to stay awake for four days to administer drops in her eyes every 30 minutes.
The 18-year-old student, who had been suffering from the sensation that something was stuck in her eye, had been initially diagnosed with an eye ulcer until doctors were able to determine that it was actually a parasite that was eating away at her eyeball.

To stop her from going blind Jessica was required to administer special eye drops every half an hour, however to keep up with this routine it meant that she was unable to go to sleep at all for four whole days - an ordeal that would turn out to be exhausting.

"Four nights of not being able to sleep sounds like torture and it is," she said.

"It's really heartbreaking and hard to go through. There was a moment when I asked the doctor if I was ever going to get better, but it was really hard for them to say. "
The infection, which is usually picked up from water, is likely to have entered her eye through her contact lenses which she had kept next to the sink in her bathroom.

To avoid such problems doctors typically recommend against wearing contact lenses when swimming or in the shower and to wash hands thoroughly before touching or handling them.

Fortunately for Jessica however her condition is now vastly improved.

"I wouldn't change a single second of my treatment because that's what made me get so much better," she said. "Although it's hard, it is worth it in the end because I'd rather go through four nights of not being able to sleep than not being able to see for the rest of my life."

Source: BBC News | Comments (16)




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Comment icon #7 Posted by Likely Guy 9 years ago
I'm so glad i went with glasses instead of contacts. Me too. I just couldn't abide by poking my fingers in my eye everyday. It friggin' hurt! Oh, poke yourself in the eye to put them in and poke yourself in the eye to take them out. Me: "I'll just keep wearing glasses, as eye protection so nothing pokes me in the friggin' eye again!"
Comment icon #8 Posted by BabyGonzo 9 years ago
Also, elease, please, PLEEEEEEEASE store your contacts in a sterile, disinfecting solution!!! Storing them in regular tap water can allow infections like this very one to happen. She is very lucky she didn't go blind. I have personally seen a college basketball player loose sight in both eyes because of an infection he developed from storing his contacts in tap water.
Comment icon #9 Posted by BabyGonzo 9 years ago
"...rinsing or storing lenses in water and handling lenses with unwashed or wet hands). Poor contact lens hygiene, including failure to disinfect lenses properly and to clean and dispose of contact lens cases regularly have also been shown to increase the risk of infection." It is impossible to overstate how truthful the above statement is! Please, DO NOT STORE YOUR CONTACTS IN TAP WATER!!! That is how infections like the one in this story can occur those infections can blind you!
Comment icon #10 Posted by ReddHeadsRantings 9 years ago
I'm surprised a person I worked with for almost 30 years didn't get that, I've seen her lose a contact in the car, put in her mouth then in her eye. She also kept hard contacts in her eyes for days without taking them out. She did swim in both hard & soft. Wore both hard & soft daily wear for a week or three at a time. When she got extended wear (1 week) she wore for a month. Instead of throwing them away she did an enzyme treatment & put them back in. Many many times when she did finally take them out it was without washing her hands. I wore contacts for about 20 of those 30 years... [More]
Comment icon #11 Posted by tcgram 9 years ago
I'm surprised a person I worked with for almost 30 years didn't get that, I've seen her lose a contact in the car, put in her mouth then in her eye. She also kept hard contacts in her eyes for days without taking them out. She did swim in both hard & soft. Wore both hard & soft daily wear for a week or three at a time. When she got extended wear (1 week) she wore for a month. Instead of throwing them away she did an enzyme treatment & put them back in. Many many times when she did finally take them out it was without washing her hands. I wore contacts for about 20 of those 30 years... [More]
Comment icon #12 Posted by GreenmansGod 9 years ago
I never could stick something in my eye. Glasses are fine, they make me look smart.
Comment icon #13 Posted by Robert1 9 years ago
It's a good thing she didn't go blind. I'll bet she treats her contact lenses better now.
Comment icon #14 Posted by ancient astronaut 9 years ago
Horrible.
Comment icon #15 Posted by Princess Serenity 9 years ago
Ew. That's nasty. Dx No thanks.
Comment icon #16 Posted by The Unseen 9 years ago
ouch


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