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Contact Lens Dangers: Football Partially Blind After Showering With Contacts In

If you  have some sort of eyesight problem and you use contact lenses to aid it all the time, then you might wanna think twice before deciding to not take it off when needed because it “doesn’t make any difference.”

Truth is, it does matter, if you want to continue using your eyesight. Take for an example this amateur footballer, who unforunately, after showering with his contacts on, was left partially blind. The reason? An unsuspecting parasite burrowing in his right eye.

Nick Humphreys, 29, from Shrewsbury, Shropshire, had no idea this would happen. Either that it was possible, or even dangerous in the first place. According to him, he would shower regularly with his contacts on.

However, back in January 2018, he noticed what seemed like a painful scratch on his eye. He then visited opticians to get tested for an infection, and in the meantime, used eye drops to help manage it.

Things took a turn for the worse however, when the results that came back showed he’s positively infected with Acanthamoeba keratitis . This infection often comes from a small organism found in water that is able to get into the eye through a small cut - often caused by contact lenses. 

Come two months later, in March 2018, when he suddenly lost his vision while driving his car. He has never recovered since.

“I got contacts as I didn't like how I looked in glasses and it nearly cost me my right eye. If I'd have known how dangerous it was to wear contacts in the shower, I would never have got them in the first place,” he said. “After getting the infection, I went from hitting the gym every other day and playing football three times a week, to being housebound for six months and losing the will to live.”

Per charities, sight-threatening AK is slowly rising in numbers nowadays and is most common in people who wear contact lenses.

To help avoid it and decrease the risk of infection, it’s recommended to practice proper lens hygiene at all times, as it may cost you your eyesight.

Contact lens Avoid these 5 common contact lens mistakes, from sleeping in them to using them past their expiration date. Photo courtesy of איתן טל, CC BY 3.0

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