Chad Groeschen, 39, of Cincinnati, Ohio, is sharing his experience as a warning after sleeping in his contact lenses, which caused him to go blind in his left eye, the Huffington Post reports. Groeschen wore contact lenses that were said to be safe to wear at night, according to a report from ABC News.
On Friday afternoon in August, Groeschen said his left eye began to itch very badly, but attributed the itching to allergies. The next morning his eye was “chubby” and by Sunday morning his vision began to worsen, the Huffington Post reported.
On the recommendation of a friend, Groeschen made an appointment with the Cincinnati Eye Institute , where a doctor told him that he had contracted a bacterial infection with Pseudomonas. Doctors told Groeschen that the bacteria collected under the lens and spread to his eye.
While the infection is curable, Groeschen developed a corneal ulcer that left scars. This scar tissue caused him to lose vision in his left eye.
“ For about three weeks it was almost like an 8-inch nail was being driven into… my eye. The pain was quite severe and debilitating… It’s scary how quickly something like this can happen , “Groeschen told ABC.
Groeschen told the Huffington Post that he could regain his vision, but it could require a corneal transplant and a year of recovery.
According to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 99 percent of people who responded to a survey on contact lens wear said they routinely engage in one or more “risky behaviors” that include wearing glasses for more. time than recommended, wearing glasses while sleeping and not cleaning them properly.
What to do to avoid eye damage?
The CDC recommends that people who regularly wear contact lenses do the following to reduce the risk of infection:
- Wash and dry your hands before touching contact lenses.
- Remove contact lenses before going to sleep, swimming, or showering.
- Rub and rinse contact lenses each time they are removed.
- Replace them every three months.
Share the information to warn more people.