SICKENING images of a woman’s eyes oozing with yellow pus serve as a warning to never sleep with your contact lenses in.
Ophthalmologist Dr Patrick Vollmer shared the shocking pictures to remind his patients about the dangers of leaving their contact lenses in overnight.
Vita Eye Clinic Shocking images reveal why you should never sleep in your contact lenses
Vita Eye Clinic One woman’s cornea had been eaten away by bacteria after she frequently forgot to take out her lenses
The eye doctor, from Vita Eye Clinic in North Carolina told how one woman’s cornea had been eaten away by bacteria after she frequently forgot to take out her lenses.
Graphic images show her eyes dripping with bright yellow liquid after she suffered from a “cultured pseudomonas ulcer”.
“This is the direct result of sleeping in contact lenses,” Dr Vollmer wrote in a Facebook post.
He warned this type of Pseudomonas (bacteria) can quickly lead to permanent blindness.
Vita Eye Clinic Dr Patrick Vollmer shared the shocking pictures to remind his patients about the dangers of leaving their contact lenses in overnight
Vita Eye Clinic Dr Vollmer treated one patient on fortified antibiotic drops and steroids to reduce permanent scarring
“This will be the 4th case of cultured pseudomonas that I’ve treated in my clinic,” he wrote.
“The bacteria explosively eats away at the patient’s cornea in a matter of days leaving a soupy, white necrosis (dead tissue) in its wake.”
Dr Vollmer treated the patient on fortified antibiotic drops and steroids to reduce permanent scarring.
“While this patient’s eye continues to drastically improve from baseline, she will very likely exhibit some form of residual vision loss even after treatment,” he added.
“To be very clear, I don’t ever recommend sleeping in any brand of SOFT contact lenses.
“The risks outweigh the benefits every time. It takes seconds to remove your contacts but a potential lifetime of irreversible damage if you choose to leave them in.
“People need to see these images and remind themselves/family/friends to also be aware of contact lens misuse.”
Vita Eye Clinic The eye doctor said he never recommends sleeping in any brand of soft contact lenses
Vita Eye Clinic Research from the American College of Emergency Physicians, based on six case reports, found going to sleep with contact lenses in can lead to infections of the cornea
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Research from the American College of Emergency Physicians, based on six case reports, found going to sleep with contact lenses in can lead to infections of the cornea.
The most common is microbial keratitis, a serious eye condition that could leave you blind.
The first signs are usually redness and pain in the eye, watery discharge and sensitivity to light.
Lead author Dr Jon Femling, assistant professor of the department of emergency medicine at University of New Mexico, said: “Sleeping in your contact lenses is risky and can lead to infections, or in some cases, permanent damage.
“Falling asleep, or even napping, without removing your contact lenses can significantly increase the likelihood of serious health problems.”
Symptoms include pain, redness, discharge, blurred vision and a white or yellow spot on the cornea.
The infection can be treated in a number of ways.
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Your optometrist may chose to scrape the infection off of the cornea, followed by treatment with antibiotics.
If the infection is severe you may need to be admitted to hospital and in extreme cases an eye transplant may be necessary to save your vision.
If you have any of these symptoms speak to a doctor straight away.