Sunday, 8 June 2014

Lesson to be learnt for Contact Lens wearers!!

I was having mixed thoughts about writing this blog, for two reasons,
1... I am in a lot of pain right now
2. It was caused by ME..
 
I was one of these contact lens wearers that thought the rules didn't apply to me... I have been wearing them on/off for the past 10-11 years, and not really had too many problems... yep I have fallen asleep in them, and woke hung over with the OMG I can see!! And yep I have swum and showered in them too... I know very naughty.... but nothing ever happened. And I have stupidly used the wrong solution and case, which resulted in a red slightly sore eye due to the couple of seconds it went into my eye. But a few days to recover, and a new pair of lenses was back to using them again. Since becoming a mummy, I don't wear them all the time. I'm more of a social user, if I'm out geocaching for the full day, I tend to use them, as well as play areas as its easier. On Thursday, I popped them in for a family meal, for just a few hours, and then a MAJOR problem occurred.
 
I felt uncomfortable on the drive with them, and in some photos, you can see my right eye is closed before my left when blinking... as soon as we returned home, they were out, and I still felt sore... I thought nothing of it, until the next day.... I woke with an almighty sticky eye.... and when I managed to open it...it was RED...
....we were due at the Ideal home show, so didn't do anything about it, but later that evening, I went to a pharmacy, who thought it was conjunctivitis, and gave me some eye drops to stop any infection... it stung like crazy, and I had to do it every 2 hours... after the stinging sensation, it felt relieved... for an hour, before it started hurting all over again.
Last night, I then took another photo as it felt like the gritty feeling was getting worse... and to my surprise my eye didn't seem to be getting any better, but in fact a bit worse... when I closed my eye, it would feel like a needle was going through my eyelid into my eye, and when they were open, they felt horrendously dry, and when I blinked, it felt like I had gravel under my eye lid. To say I was scared, was an understatement.... Daddy M was working, and the girlies were in bed...
I made the decision this morning to go to an opticians to get a experts opinion on it, hoping they would say it is just pink eye/conjunctivitis, and you need to give it more time. My 2nd try was at Vision Express, and I can say they were amazing, they fitted me in there and then, made me feel calm, and explained everything very simply... but these are the 'official notes' ....scary stuff....
...she explained to me what this meant.... I have 4-5 ulcers, with one being more dominant than the others, my eye is very swollen, and the white bit looks like a doughnut with the pupil in the middle being a hole. I have extra blood going to the area, hence the redness, and that I was to go to the hospital ASAP... however it was a Sunday.... our local hospital doesn't have an ophthalmologist, so she had to call the 'on call' ophthalmologist at the next nearest hospital... after she explained my condition, he said to go straight there...
After a good friend came over to watch the girls, I was of like a shot... somehow I managed to drive there with my eyes streaming.... why did the sun have to be shining today... my eyes were extremely sensitive to the light, and I ended up driving with one eye most of the drive there.
I was pushed to the front of the line in front of the A&E referrals.... which I felt extremely bad, but the specialist put me at ease about wasting time, by saying I was one of the 5 out of 200 people he would see in a weekend that actually needed him, there and then.
I was then tortured.... well it wasn't torture, but it felt it.... my chin was on the chin rest, and forehead on the forehead rest, whilst he looked into my eye with a very bright light... he was having a good look, and then wanted another look with the dye in... I am sure it was only a 10 minute very thorough check, but it felt like an hour... my eyes were streaming...
.... he put some drops in my eye.... WOW.... a cooling relief.... some strong antibiotics and another to make my pupil massive... this was meant to help ease the discomfort. He then agreed with what the optician said, and packed me up a bag of drops and ointments for the next 3-4 days before I am re-evaluated.... I handed over my contacts and my solutions for them to check for cultures...
..on returning to the car, I felt even worse with the light.... and im sure that's due to the pupil enlarger drops... but the gritty feeling isn't feeling as bad.
Struggling to even open my eye

Managed a little peek... but streaming... and in ALOT of pain.

 
The reason behind all this pain?? I did not throw my lenses out after the 30day life span... my thinking behind it was I don't wear them everyday, I haven't had my use out of them.
It has been explained to me now, that even if you don't wear them, they are only sterile for that set time, any longer they are susceptible for bacteria to grow.... and that's how I have ended up here.
 
The optician said I shouldn't loose any vision, but the specialist didn't say anything, but that's probably because I didn't ask at this visit, it all depends if it will sort itself out with these first lot of drops....
 
This has certainly put me off contact lenses... and I am hoping in sharing this, no one else will follow these stupid mistakes...
... if you are going to use your lenses ad-hoc please go for dailies....
....please remember to throw them out after the life span has ended....
...and remember to clean your hands before touching your eyes, and lenses....
....and don't forget to clean them properly..... if in any discomfort, remove immediately....
 
I am hoping I haven't damaged my eyes.... but only time will tell....please don't damage yours by the same silly mistake.
 

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32 comments:

  1. Oh gosh, this is horrible you poor thing! I hope it all heals quickly and it all goes back to normal!

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    1. It is healing nicely now, still on antibiotic drops, and under hospital check ups... but no red, sore puffy eyes... thank you.

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  2. Oh blimey - you poor thing. I am like you where I think I can get away with showering and swimming in lenses but you've made me think twice about doing that again - scary! Hope your eye is on the mend soon.

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    1. Please do think twice.... the specialist said its the worst thing yu could ever do, as there is not much that can be done if there is a bug in the water. You only get one set of eyes. Thankfully I am on the mend, and no serious damage has been done.

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  3. This sounds terrible. I'm fortunate that I don't wear them. When I was 20 I developed a temporary blindness after a nasty infection so I've experienced something a bit similar. Our eyes are so precious and I guess we all take our sight for granted. It sounds like an easy mistake to make. I pray you make a full recovery.

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    1. We really do take sight for granted until something scares us... I know I wont be anymore. I am glad you have made a full recovery. I am well on my way to a full recovery. Thank you.

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  4. Oh my word! Your poor eye! It looks and sounds painful. I wear contact lenses, however I do carry a bottle of solution around with me just incase it starts to feel uncomfortable. Hope it starts to feel better soon. X

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    1. Great that you already carry a solution bottle with you. I took my eyes for granted, and never carried anything with me, and with a minus 7 prescription in my eyes, I would have been almost blind with no help of lenses. Thankfully I am on the mend. Thank you

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  5. Oh, poor you, this sounds awful. I use the daily disposables, but I am quite bad with them - especially since having the baby I've been sleeping in them quite a lot when I nap in the day. Funnily enough I saw something in the paper recently about someone who went blind after not using them properly and I've been trying to be a bit more strict since - you've just reinforced that even further x

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    1. Oh I remember the sleeping in them, and waking to very dry eyes... :-( it is so scary how one mistake could leave you without your sight. I would hate to not be able to 'watch' my girls grow up. Please keep strict with your contacts, I would hate for another person to go through what I have, or even worse. x

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  6. How shocking. I don't wear them but your warning should help many people. Visiting from UK Bloggers.

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  7. How scary, I've had to have that orange dye, also a yellow one and they're not nice are they! I got an infection called papillary conjunctivitis where basically the I sides of my lids had lots and lots of spots which rubbed on my eyeball making them really sore and red. I was under the hospital for nine weeks, hideous. The cause? An allergic reaction to my cleaner, even though it was the same one I had been using for over a year with no problems. I now wear dailies and will never go back to reusables.

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    1. Ouch... that sounds horrendous too. It is very scary how contacts and the solutions can cause so much damage, I have another follow up appointment this week, so will see what they say, but the optician thought at the time of referring me that one day I could wear daily's if I wanted too... still not sure if I want too... may just invest in a couple of snazzy pairs of glasses.... and a hole in hubbys wallet!!

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  8. Ohh no! That looks so sore!! I hope it's feeling better soon x

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    1. Thank you , it is getting much better. :-) x

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  9. Oh gosh! That looks so painful! I have had so many eye problems and operations on my eyes that I am far to scared to use contact lenses!

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    1. I think I may be now too.... I have had little scares in the past, but nothing like this.... I hope your eyes are ok now?

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  10. Oh no - that sounds horrible. I really hope that it starts to feel better soon.

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    1. Thank you. it is feeling much better, still on antibiotic drops, but the redness and soreness has gone. x

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  11. Omg I have had an ulcer on my eye and the pain is unbearable. I only had one and the doctor scraped it away luckily it wasn't bad but god it was painful, popping over from www.mummy2monkeys.co.uk

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    1. I feel your pain... they spoke about scraping, but never actually did, thankfully the antibiotics have done the work, and they have gone, but just left the wounds. Has yours all healed now? x

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    1. It was very painful, thankfully the pain had gone within 2 days of the drops, and after the hospital follow up, a drop was taken away to help ease the light sensitivity :-) x

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  13. Ouch!! Looks so painful and sounds it too! :/ Hope all is back to normal soon xx

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    1. It was very painful, but thankfully it is on the mend now, thank you. x

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  14. Oh my goodness you poor thing ! I had no idea there were so many dangers ! Safe to say you wont make that mistake again ha ha #iPotLinkup

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  15. Not long had this issue myself, woke up with very similar symptoms rushed up the opticians and after much panic was rushed to hospital I was in complete agony couldn't keep my eyes open and I had to go to work afterwards too! They cleared up with the drops after about a week though! I am still under the hospital as I now have other eye issues but I still am wearing my lenses (and I have done all the same things as you too naughty naughty!) I hope you feel better soon xx

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    1. Oh no, poor you having to work after... I could barely keep my eyes open after. :-( are the other eye issues related to this very very similar issue? Im still under the hospital for weekly check ups and still on drops and cream at night. x

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    1. I am already following, but have popped by! :-) Thank you.

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