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Old 08-22-2011, 08:50 AM
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A word of warning to contact wearers. I nearly lost my right eye last week due to a rapid infection on the cornea. I had been pushing the number of hours I wear my lenses for some time, and I got a tiny scratch in my right eye from some grit when I was working in the yard. With barely a day warning, my right eye went completely red and I ran to the eye doc.
The deal is this, your cornea is .5mm thick, and in about a day (that I knew of) the bacteria had burned half way through it. If it had gone all the way through, that's it...eye has to be removed. Doc said I had a 60% chance of keeping the eye at the point I came in (Noticed it Monday night at bed time, and went to the eye doc before lunch on Tues).

I count my blessings that I was able to catch it in time and the antibiotic eye drops work very fast. I had to spend a day in the dark basement and not drive, but far better than losing an eye!

If you wear contacts, don't push it. Clean clean clean, and don't wear them too long. Your cornea needs oxygen, and the longer you wear your lenses the greater risk that something like this happens to you.
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Old 08-22-2011, 09:30 AM
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Wow, that is scary, glad you are ok!

I only use daily disposables - I had some problems years ago (nowhere near as severe as yours) and it is too easy to skip the full cleaning when you are tired at night.
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Old 08-22-2011, 11:17 AM
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yikes....

Glad you are ok...
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Old 08-22-2011, 12:11 PM
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Wow.....glad your ok. Had a similar experience with 30 day lenses years ago.

I converted to daily wear lenses and swear by them. Cost about a $1 per day when you buy a years worth at a time.

Pros:
No solutions to deal with
Infection risk next to zero
Eyes feel fresh every day.

Cons:
None

Focus Dailys are what I wear.
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Old 08-22-2011, 12:53 PM
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Glad you are well.

I take out my lens every night and rarely sleep with them in, I make an exception on the pre-run. I wear the same pair for sometime, but my optometrist told me that I need to take out my contacts sooner. By having prolonged wear little blood vessels start to grow into the retina in an attempt to gain oxygen.
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Old 08-22-2011, 01:44 PM
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Do the daily disposables help with dryness? I've got these 1 month dealios, but they really only last 2 -3 weeks before I can't stand them any more.
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Old 08-22-2011, 04:33 PM
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I was on the AccuVue 2 week disposables....but lost track of how many weeks I was on. That, and I was wearing them too many hours per day. Steve, I like the sound of the throw them out per day, and I could go forever before spending more than Lasik. Doc says I shouldn't wear contacts anymore, but I'm just not sold on the Lasik either. Seems like they both have risks, and I'm not taking any more with my sight! I think my wife was excited for an eye patch, but I was not.... Arrrr....
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I'd vote for Lasik but that is a gamble...Success rate is high but the risk if something goes badly could be severe. For me though, having laser eyes has been awesome!

I'd feel completely opposite of course if my vision wasn't 20/20 and 20/15 now...not all have had good success with Lasik but it seems to have gotten a LOT better in the last 10 years.
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Old 08-22-2011, 05:10 PM
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My brother used to keep his contacts in far too long and also had infection "issues" which were not solved quite as quickly as yours. He can't wear contacts any more.

I tried contacts years ago when I needed assistance to pass my driver's eye exam but had to let them go because I work in woodworking and dust was just too big of a problem. Luckily, my eyes have actually improved in the last ten or more years so I've been able to pass the test without glasses/contacts.

Another related issue, all of us spend time working underneath vehicles . . . MAKE SURE TO WEAR EYE PROTECTION WHEN WRENCHING UNDER YOUR RIG. I've had dirt removed from an eye by the doctor (as well as a metal flake when I was a teenager doing body work on my first car) and a friend lost eye sight in one eye due to catching a bunch of dirt while under a truck. A good pair of SAFETY GLASSES should be in your rig or your tool bag.
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My uncle studied for a long time about lasik and did his homework on the procedures before he pulled the trigger. He was nearsighted. But driving a ruck was getting tougher for him. When he was done i gave him a call to check on how it went and his words were....

"well.... I can see a Moose take a s--- at 500 yards but cant see my self take a leak!" I busted up. It is all good now but the first few months were scary for him.

Glad your ok. Makes me think how long i have had mine in.....
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