Bacteria Grew & Ate Woman’s Eyes Who Slept With Contact Lenses

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Before you scroll further, please be warned.

The following images are not meant for:

  1. People who have had their lunches
  2. Squirmy folks
  3. Mates who dislike green, neon colours
  4. Kin who loathe staring into a frankly mangled eye

If you’ve lapped up my warning and turned the other way, good for you.

If not, here goes your lunch possibly.

Image: Facebook/Vita Eye Clinic
Image: Facebook/Vita Eye Clinic

These images were taken from a Facebook post from a North Carolina-based eye clinic, Vita Eye Clinic, and it shows the horrific aftermath of what sleeping with your contact lenses on can do.

Here’s the Facebook post in all its full gory.

The Doctor Explains

In a rather medically-detailed post, the uploader beseeches the public to refrain from wearing contact lenses to sleep.

Here it is:

“I sleep in my contacts all the time and I’ve never had a problem.”

As an eye doctor, I literally hear this daily. The pictures below show a referred case from the local urgent care, a subsequently cultured pseudomonas ulcer, and are the direct result of sleeping in contact lenses. Pseudomonas (bacteria) is an important cause of ocular morbidity and its opportunistic characteristics quickly lead to permanent blindness. This will be the 4th case of cultured pseudomonas that I’ve treated in my clinic.

The bacteria explosively eats away at the patients cornea in a matter of days leaving a soupy, white necrosis (dead tissue) in its wake. I was able to start this patient on fortified antibiotic drops around the clock and recently 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.

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.

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Sleeping With Contacts Could Lead To Blindness?!

In it, the uploader, a supposed doctor from the clinic, shares that the pictures show a case of “cultured pseudomonas ulcer” which came about as a direct consequence of wearing contact lenses to sleep.

Pseudomonas, or bacteria, can cause “ocular morbidity”, which can lead to blindness.

According to the doctor, bacteria eat away quickly at the cornea, “leaving soupy, white necrosis (dead tissue) in its wake.”

While the patient’s condition has improved from a course of antibiotics, the doctor shares that the patient is likely to suffer from “some form of residual vision loss even after treatment.”

He ends off by imploring people not to ever wear contact lenses to sleep as “the risks outweigh the benefits every time”.

While it “takes seconds to remove your contacts” choosing to leave them in can cause a “potential lifetime of irreversible damage”.

Comments, Shock and Horror

Needless to say, many exhibited shock and horror at the images and appeared to have taken to the doctor’s advice.

Image: Facebook/Vita Eye Clinic
Image: Facebook/Vita Eye Clinic

Some shared painfully-detailed stories of their pain in detail as well.

Image: Facebook/Vita Eye Clinic
Image: Facebook/Vita Eye Clinic

And in no uncertain terms.

Take you contact lenses out folks. Be warned.