Eye doctor’s constantly warn patients to remove contacts before sleeping. Many people ignore this advice and sleep in their lenses anyway.
Patrick Vollmer is an optometrist in Shelby, North Carolina. He recently treated a patient who developed a cultured pseudomonas ulcer after sleeping in his contacts.
“Pseudomonas (bacteria) is an important cause of ocular morbidity and its opportunistic characteristics quickly lead to permanent blindness,” he explained in a Facebook post on Sunday that has since gone viral with more than 300,000 shares. “The bacteria explosively eats away at the patients cornea in a matter of days leaving a soupy, white necrosis (dead tissue) in its wake.”
The bacteria leading to this infection can be found in the environment or in water. The CDC recommends removing lenses before swimming to the reduce the risk of infection from public swimming pools. The CDC also warns that sleeping in contacts increases the risk of corneal infection by 6-8 times.
The risks outweigh the convenience. Remove your lenses and store them in a sanitary case before swimming or sleeping. You may just save your vision from irreversible damage.
Think you might have an infection? Don’t wait! Call and schedule and eye appointment today.