Patrick Vollmer is an ophthalmologist and runs the Vita Eye Clinic in Shelby, North Carolina. As the doctor writes in a Facebook post, he receives analogously daily following sentence from his patients to hear: "I sleep with my contact lenses every day and never had a problem".
To pinpoint the consequences of this habit, the ophthalmologist posted a recent case including highly shocking photos on his clinic's Facebook page. His patient also slept with her contact lenses. As a result, Pseudomonas bacteria that attack the cornea would have formed in one eye. In the case of the patient, this resulted in her vision being reduced to a shadowy representation.
Message: Never fall asleep with contact lenses
The bacteria would have eaten very quickly into the patient's cornea, said Vollmer in his post, within 36 hours. The pathogens had left behind in the affected areas a soupy, white dead tissue. Pseudomonas, are a common cause of eye disease and can lead according to Vollmer in a short time to permanent blindness.
Angler-infection_16.30The green coloring on some of the photos was created by a contrast agent to make the affected areas visible. Vollmer treated the patient with antibiotics to combat the infection and also administered steroids to counter scarring on the cornea. The eye of the patient will recover, but it will probably remain a permanent damage to eyesight. An article in the journal "Journal of the American Medical Association" confirms the danger posed by the pathogens.
Vollmer's contribution drew wide circles on Facebook and was commented on more than 230,000 times. The doctor himself wants the post to be understood as a "tactic for deterrence," as he himself writes in a commentary. The message: Never fall asleep with contact lenses in the eyes.
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