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Woman loses eye following contact lens problems

28th June 2013


Following this incident, her vision became blurred, so she made a doctor’s appointment. She was prescribed some eye drops, but two days later she was in so much pain that she visited A&E. She was given more eye drops.

Unfortunately her condition worsened until a blister formed over her eye and eventually burst. This split her eyeball, causing her pain so severe that she states the morphine she was given in the ambulance on the way to hospital “didn’t touch” it.

In the coming weeks she visited both Broomfield Hospital in Essex, and Moorfields Eye Hospital in London, but at neither was she provided with anything more than eye drops.

It was about a month after she had suffered her painful burst blister that she visited Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge and was finally diagnosed with a fungal eye infection caused by Fusarium – a fungi commonly found in water, plants, and soil.

She had suffered damage to three layers and 70 nerves of her left eye, and after 22 surgical procedures, medical professionals decided to remove her eyeball.

In addition to this life-changing operation, she endured severe vomiting, resulting in internal bleeding, due to the drugs she had been prescribed during the ordeal.

Apparently she is now planning on pursuing legal action for her personal injury against a company called Alcon – parent company of contact lens manufacturer Cibavision – as well as Broomfield and Moorfields hospitals.

Currently, Alcon states that its investigations into the incident have uncovered no link between the lenses the woman purchased and the symptoms she experienced before losing her eye.

Both hospitals have also been conducting investigations, and offer their sympathies towards the potential claimant.

The British Contact Lens Association has provided advice to contact lens wearers in response to the story. The organisation states that people should only purchase contact lenses from their eye care practitioner, or under their guidance.

They continue by cautioning individuals against using tap water to rinse their lenses or their lens storage case. Wearing lenses to go swimming without goggles on, or in steamy environments such as a shower, can also put someone at risk of suffering an infection.

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