A young British woman recently ripped off her cornea while removing the contact lenses she had worn for more than 10 hours.
Meabh McHugh-Hill pinched at the lens covering her left eye the next morning only to feel excruciating pain at first.
Despite knowing she had dry eye syndrome, she made the poor decision of keeping the contact lens on her eye overnight.
The 23-year-old lady told The Mirror that her eye became so dry that the contact lens “glued itself to her eyeball.”
With her eye forced shut by pain, the young woman rushed to an optician for help and was immediately referred to the Royal Liverpool University Hospital.
There, doctors found that she had injured her cornea and “scratched an entire layer off her eye”. Fortunately for her, after 5 days of darkness, she was able to regain her sight.
The cornea is a transparent layer on the surface of the eye and is vital in our visual ability. If Meabh had kept her contact lens on her eyeball longer than she had, she could have gone blind.