A 25-year-old woman in Britain almost lost her sight after developing an ulcer in her eye. BBC reported. According to the doctors, the ulcer was caused by her contact lenses. It was striking that Steph Carrasco suffered from itching in her eye, after which she consulted an ophthalmologist. She just thought she was experiencing some irritation from the daily contact use.
However, her problem turned out to be much more serious, as the ophthalmologist told her that she had ‘aggressive bacteria’ in her eye, which had caused the corneal ulcer. Her optometrist then referred her to a specialized eye hospital. She spent a week in hospital, where she was given 72 drops of antibiotics daily in her eye in an attempt to reduce the ulcer.
Mrs Carrasco said: ‘By the time I was admitted to hospital I could barely see. It was terrifying. It was terrifying. Luckily Jack and the team were excellent. He made sure I didn’t leave the Specsavers store until he had made plans with the hospital and reassured me during an incredibly stressful time. He thought quickly and thoroughly, I couldn’t be more grateful.”
Despite the daily dose of antibiotics, the ulcer did not heal, leaving the medical staff with no choice but to perform a corneal transplant.
Three weeks later her eyesight has improved and it is hoped that this will fully return by October so she can return to work. She said: “I was told by the medical staff at the hospital that the bacteria in my eye were so aggressive that if I had been in it any longer I would have lost my eye completely.”
According to the Cleveland ClinicCorneal ulcers are usually caused by an infection or severe dry eyes, but those who wear contact lenses may be at extra risk if they don’t clean their lenses properly or leave them in for too long. While most ulcers can be treated with antibiotics or antifungal eye drops; severe cases can lead to permanent vision loss due to scarring.
Optometrist Jack Brenton, who initially treated Ms Carrasco, spoke about the importance of having a vision test every two years and seeing an optometrist immediately if people have any concerns about their eyes or vision.
“Thankfully, Steph is already on the road to recovery and we hope her vision will return to normal within a month, but her story is a great example of why a prompt medical assessment is so crucial,” he noted.