The girl was extremely cautious when using her lenses
28-year-old Jennie Hurst wears contact lenses for many years and knows the importance of good hygiene in order to prevent eye infections.
“I was very careful when I removed the lenses at night before going bed, and my hands were always well disinfected”, says Jennie.
She wore lenses that had to be changed once a month, but the girl was so feared of infections that she change them every two weeks. Besides, she never, ever, slept with her lenses on. Jennie cleaned the lens with a special contact solution, unlike her friends, who often simply rinsed their lenses with lukewarm tap water or even “disinfected” them with saliva.
However, Jennie, who works as an environmental coordinator, is now blind with her left eye, as a result of a vicious infection, report from Daily Mail. The reason? Swimming while wearing contact lenses – something she never realized that can put her and her eyes at risk. And the ironic thing is that she does not like to swim.
Jennie is one of the many people – the majority of which are young people – suffering from potentially devastating eye infections due to the lack of knowledge about the risks of contact lenses, experts say. Scientists fear that this number is growing fairly rapidly.
In the case of Jennie, the problem lies in infection caused by an amoeba parasite that can be found in almost all soils, in fresh and sea water. The parasite stayed between the lens and the eye and this allowed it to dig deep into the eyeball.
The problem began after Jennie’s quick swim in the hotel pool while she was on vacation last summer.
“The irony is that I do not even like to swim – I only did a few laps,” said Jennie, who wears contact lenses for five years. She said that she did not have even the faintest idea of the dangers of swimming in the pool with lenses. She only worried that she may lose a lens while swimming. Jennie remembers that a little water came in her eyes, but she accepted it as something normal.
The number of people who wear contact lenses is constantly growing but their knowledge of their use is extremely small. Therefore, experts advise before you decide to wear contact lenses to have an appointment with ophthalmologist and request all the necessary information for the use of contact lenses.