The look I get when I tell people I had an ulcer on my eye makes it ALMOST worth it
June 2, 2010 12:23 PM Subscribe
After a bad experience I am finally ready to wear contact lenses again... but this time I want to be absolutely, totally, 100% safe and sterile about it. What steps should I take to minimize my chances of infection?
posted by showbiz_liz to Health & Fitness (31 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
For years I wore the type of lenses which are (supposedly) fine to leave in for a month at a time. You wear them for a month, throw them away, ta-da. I had no issues until January, when (at the very end of the month) I developed irritation in my right eye. After a day (still wearing the lens) my eye was bright red and very painful and my pupil was the size of a pinhead. Bright light was unbearable.
I took the lens out and went to the doctor. They said I had an ulcer on my iris, that if I had waited another day or two I probably would have lost most or all vision in the eye, and that I was "still not out of the woods" and might still lose my vision. Oh, did I mention that this is my right eye, the eye I had recurring nightmares about losing for years previous to this event?
Well, medicated eye drops cleared it all up within a few days. They said, wait a month, then you can wear contacts again- just take them out every night without fail. I asked if I could use the monthly ones if I took them out at night (because I have $200 worth sitting around in an unreturnable box). They said sure, just make sure your lens case is clean, replace it often, don't touch the tip of the solution bottle, etc.
Well, it's June and I still haven't started wearing them again, because I was so freaked out by what happened. But now I'm ready. I think.
So I want the best practices for contact lenses- no matter how extreme. If I have to throw out my lens case every week I'll do it, wear gloves, whatever. Tell me what I can do to be absolutely safe here.
(BTW- my doctor was a medical student who has since moved on, so I can't really contact her and ask her.)