Think twice about wearing contacts! This is really disturbing!
Having eye problems is quite a daily problem you have to deal with. Walking around practically half-blind it’s extremely difficult to move around without your spectacles. The eyeglasses are extremely helpful and has been an eye aid for centuries that no one— with eye problems— can live without.
Nowadays, eyeglasses can be quite a problem too. They are fragile and they even cause eyestrain. These spectacles may be helpful but they are easily taken out and damaged because they are only external attachments to our bodies. Another problem it poses is that it gives you those horrific eye bags and swollen looking eyes whenever they are taken off. Besides, it’s also quite a trouble to look for eyeglasses that would suit you and make you look good— without giving you that nerdy look.
Eyeglasses, despite having plenty of desirable designs cannot beat the practical use of a new eye aid invention— the contact lenses. These soft gel objects entering your eye might be a scare for the first time but when you get the hang of it, you just won’t get tired of using it.
Ashley Hyde is a typical girl who is dependent on her contact lenses to correct her vision. What she had not known was the fact that the possibility of her contact lenses hosting a different creature never crossed her mind.
1 Ashley’s Normal Eye Problem is As Common As It Could Get
Having worm contact lenses to correct her minor eye problem, Ashley went on her daily life putting on her make-up and going to high school every morning. Ashley Hyde prefers the comfort of wearing contact lenses than eyeglasses.
She constantly wore them anywhere because she’d have blurry vision if she didn’t have them. What she had, however, were daily disposable contact lenses. This means that these lenses were only supposed to be used one and thrown every after each use. Ashley failed to do this ad constantly re-used the same set of contact lenses for long periods of time.
2 Her Contact Lenses Hosted a Creature Beyond Her Imagination
As she went to school on a regular basis, her eyes were becoming more and more inflamed. Her left eye kept on getting redder every single day. One day, to the surprise of her friends and schoolmates, her eyes were unusually moving. Her left turned upside down abruptly without her noticing and went back to normal. It freaked everybody around to see it.
This now made her go to her optician multiple times to have her eyes checked. Her optician wasn’t happy with what she was seeing though and referred her to an eye specialist. Ophthalmologists and other eye doctors did multiple tests on her like scraping her corneas— which must have been really painful— and drilling, literally, into her eye.
When results came in, she was diagnosed with an unusual parasite living in her contact lenses. She has an extremely disturbing eye parasite. She has Acanthamoeba keratitis.
3 The Prime Suspect For Ashley’s Near Loss of Sight
Acanthamoeba keratitis or Acanthamoeba infection is a parasitic infection that doesn’t usually dwell in humans. They are typically present in either soil or water. In this case, however, they decided to live in Ashley’s contact lenses. These microscopic eye parasites are literally eating their way through Ashley’s cornea and have penetrated some parts of her left eye.
In order to save what is left of Ashley’s functional vision, they decided to operate on her eye to get rid of these flesh eating parasites. Ashley was lucky the acanthamoeba was in a place where it is visible to other people. If it had taken longer for her to have these eye parasites taken out of her eyes then she might have ended up blind. It may also be a fact that these eye parasites might have ended up finding its way to her skin all the way through to her brain.
4 What People Must Know About This Parasite
Acanthamoeba mostly affects the eyes. But they can enter your system not just through your contact lenses but also through cuts and wounds on the skin. It is also possible to get these nasty eye parasites from inhaling them and directly bringing them to your respiratory system. These eye parasites can live in the body for long periods of time but has incredibly ugly repercussions on the human host.
If Ashley didn’t have proper treatment when the doctors found out about her condition, she’d have gone blind in her left eye by now. The eye parasite made its way from her contact lenses and already past her cornea. Had it gone further, the doctors wouldn’t have been able to save her eyesight.