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(Daily Mail)   Millions of contact lens wearers are at risk of getting an eye-devouring amoeba that can turn them blind. Sleep tight   (dailymail.co.uk) divider line 97
    More: Scary, contact lenses, University of the West, University of Strathclyde, Professor Craig Roberts  
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2012-09-07 12:08:43 AM
Thanks Daily Fail!

Covering the stories that America is too busy to even care about
 
2012-09-07 12:09:12 AM
I know it's the Daily Mail and all, but can we all just look at one of those bullet points they have as a subheadline?

Causes painful infection that is 'potential problems for ever single contact lens wearer'
 
2012-09-07 01:19:25 AM
My other half has just stopped wearing them after a second infection that went along with an eye-eating ulcer. Uber painful for her, and she's finally decided to stop after decades of use. Opticians and hospital specialist both warned against ever wearing them again.
 
2012-09-07 01:37:43 AM
I swim several times a week and this definitely gave me pause. I'm near-sighted enough that I cannot get along without them, and I wear super-goggles, but yeah. Squicked out. I tried dailies for awhile but they always dried out by the end of the day. I think I'm going to get a prescription for both - the 2-week ones for regular daily wear, and the dailies to wear in the water and just toss when I'm done.
 
2012-09-07 04:53:20 AM
Dr Tara Beattie, of Strathclyde University, said: 'Millions of people wear lenses and don't have a problem. We don't want people thinking "we can't wear lenses any more".

Okay, then. I'll just keep changing 'em out every month or so then.
 
2012-09-07 04:54:14 AM
That's why I soak my contacts in bleach before I put them in. Suck it amoebas!!
 
2012-09-07 04:54:39 AM
ever since I was in the third grade i've been a four-eyes. i get up in the morning and put on my glasses. i take them off when I go to bed. no eye-eating amoebas for me!
 
2012-09-07 05:00:21 AM
and billions are in danger of being struck by lightning. do you have your full body protective rubber suit? order now before it's too late!
 
2012-09-07 05:03:50 AM
Gosh, next someone will tell me I stand a minute but non-zero chance of being struck by lightning or hit by a meteor!

/don't worry, be happy
 
2012-09-07 05:05:33 AM
Shakes tiny fist at proteus_b.
 
2012-09-07 05:10:00 AM
it sounds like really anyone is at risk if it's in tap water. The contact lens just increases the risk because that little bug is held onto the eye longer.
 
2012-09-07 05:15:58 AM
Oh, this story again. I'm in far more danger just driving to work.
 
2012-09-07 05:22:22 AM

Omahawg: ever since I was in the third grade i've been a four-eyes. i get up in the morning and put on my glasses. i take them off when I go to bed. no eye-eating amoebas for me!


www.jamesjoyce.co.uk
 
2012-09-07 05:28:44 AM
If you're getting tap water in on your contact lens, you're doing it wrong.
 
2012-09-07 05:28:50 AM
if you are stupid enough to rinse your contact lenses out with tap water you deserve an eye eating amoeba.
 
2012-09-07 05:40:36 AM

Nuclear Pancake: if you are stupid enough to rinse your contact lenses out with tap water you deserve an eye eating amoeba.


Seriously. I only rinse mine out in the finest imported spring waters.
 
2012-09-07 05:52:11 AM

MissFeasance: I swim several times a week and this definitely gave me pause. I'm near-sighted enough that I cannot get along without them, and I wear super-goggles, but yeah. Squicked out. I tried dailies for awhile but they always dried out by the end of the day. I think I'm going to get a prescription for both - the 2-week ones for regular daily wear, and the dailies to wear in the water and just toss when I'm done.


Check out AquaSphere's prescription goggles. The lenses are available in half-diopeter increments, and I think my pair (goggle frame, and 2 different lenses) was around 50 or 60 Euro. Sure, you'll look a little silly walking around the pool wearing goggles, but don't most people look a little silly at the pool?
 
2012-09-07 06:04:27 AM
There are people who take their lenses out and wash them? Huh. Old people who've been wearing them since the days of hard lenses that you washed in hydrogen peroxide?

My current brand can be worn safely for up to two weeks non-stop and then you're supposed to put new ones in, not wash them. I wear them 24-7 and change the lenses once a month if I remember. It's probably more like once every 2-3 months when I feel like maybe they might be a bit grubby. I don't get deposits on them or anything, and they don't dry out. I have no eye problems at all.

/Acuvue Oasys
//No, I don't work for Johnson & Johnson
 
2012-09-07 06:07:22 AM
I wore gas-permeable contacts in high school and undergrad, 1987-95, and finally said, "To Hell with these things!" Back to glasses ever since, never been happier...
 
2012-09-07 06:31:19 AM
if_i_really_have_to

There's at least one imbecile in the room when you visit your optomotrist.

1)Oasys is a two week modality lens with a daily wear limit of 12 hours.
2) Although approved by the FDA for occasional overnight wear, it is not an overnight lens.
3) The only lens fully approved for overnight is Air Optix Night & Day. It must be removed for at least 12 consecutive hours every 7 days.
4) Every optomotrist I know objects to this modality for Night & Day.
5) Buy a pair of glasses. The way you're abusing your wear schedule, you're going to need them.

\ licensed optician
\\ doesn't work for Ciba
\\\ despises dealing with most soft contact users/abusers
 
2012-09-07 06:34:39 AM

if_i_really_have_to: There are people who take their lenses out and wash them? Huh. Old people who've been wearing them since the days of hard lenses that you washed in hydrogen peroxide?

My current brand can be worn safely for up to two weeks non-stop and then you're supposed to put new ones in, not wash them. I wear them 24-7 and change the lenses once a month if I remember. It's probably more like once every 2-3 months when I feel like maybe they might be a bit grubby. I don't get deposits on them or anything, and they don't dry out. I have no eye problems at all.

/Acuvue Oasys
//No, I don't work for Johnson & Johnson


I throw mine away about every 1-6 months, usually at least 3 or 4 months though. I just keep wearing them until one falls out accidentally, then I pitch the other and get a new pair. I haven't even had run of the mill redness and irritation just from wearing contacts since middle school which was two decades ago, nevermind an actual infection. the doctors have never found a problem with my eyes.
I'll go into the docs office with a 4 months old pair of extended wear that I've never washed and they can't seem to tell.
I bought a two year supply last time I went to the optometrist. the doc said he really wasn't supposed to sell more than a 1 year supply (rent seeking guild rules passed by the legislature I'm sure) but since I took such great care of my eyes he'd let me have them. conservatively that should get me through the rest of this decade. at that point I'll probably opt for the laser procedure.
 
2012-09-07 06:46:02 AM

if_i_really_have_to: There are people who take their lenses out and wash them? Huh. Old people who've been wearing them since the days of hard lenses that you washed in hydrogen peroxide?

My current brand can be worn safely for up to two weeks non-stop and then you're supposed to put new ones in, not wash them. I wear them 24-7 and change the lenses once a month if I remember. It's probably more like once every 2-3 months when I feel like maybe they might be a bit grubby. I don't get deposits on them or anything, and they don't dry out. I have no eye problems at all.

/Acuvue Oasys
//No, I don't work for Johnson & Johnson


I use those too, replaced every month, but my doctor also recommended nightly disinfection with Clear Care, which is a no-rub, one-step disinfecting/neutralizing system. One-step systems have been shown to be less than completely effective at disinfecting than ones you have to rinse because the hydrogen peroxide neutralizes too fast to kill everything (versus soaking in a stable concentration for hours) but the idea is to be convenient enough to stick to the routine and keep any growth from getting established, and with the fact you're going to replace the lenses in a month anyway, your odds of getting hurt are low.
 
2012-09-07 06:52:29 AM

zipperlip:
There's at least one imbecile in the room when you visit your optomotrist.
\ licensed optician
\\ doesn't work for Ciba
\\\ despises dealing with most soft contact users/abusers


so you long did it take you to learn to turn operate the puffer machine and the one that has the picture of the little airplane in the hole?

/whenever I'm in a room with an optician I know it's safe to assume I'm the only with a doctorate degree.
/never even heard of a pretentious optician before
 
2012-09-07 07:22:35 AM
Started wearing glasses in 4th grade, switched to contacts in 7th, back to glasses my last semester of college, then I finally got fed up with it all and got corrective surgery. For months after that, I marveled at so many little things like just being able to read a clock in the middle of the night.

\Eye-burning lasers - best graduation present ever
\\Lasted a whole lot longer than my sister's car
 
2012-09-07 07:23:17 AM

Nem Wan: If you're getting tap water in on your contact lens, you're doing it wrong.


Nuclear Pancake: if you are stupid enough to rinse your contact lenses out with tap water you deserve an eye eating amoeba.


Oh crap, I've been doing it wrong.
 
2012-09-07 07:28:54 AM
It is ridiculous that insurance doesn't pay for LASIK or PRK at this point. They'd rather give you $200-$300 a year for contacts and glasses than pay for anypart of the laser surgery.
 
2012-09-07 07:46:09 AM

Wasilla Hillbilly: Nuclear Pancake: if you are stupid enough to rinse your contact lenses out with tap water you deserve an eye eating amoeba.

Seriously. I only rinse mine out in the finest imported spring waters.


I use my own piss. It's not necessary, but it's sterile, and I like the taste.
 
2012-09-07 07:57:51 AM
I'd really like to get the corrective surgery...but the part about slicing off the top of your cornea and folding it back seems not cool...

I wear some month long overnight contacts. I usually wear them for a week or ten days, then wear glasses for a day or two. Then back to contacts. Usually chuck the contacts after two of those cycles.

I don't know what idiots are washing their contacts with tap water though....the freaking opto will give you a dozen bottles of cleaning solution.
 
2012-09-07 08:01:41 AM
www.horrortalk.com
 
2012-09-07 08:06:29 AM
i36.photobucket.com

Obscure?

/ LASIK in 2005
// 20/400 was not cutting it
 
2012-09-07 08:10:35 AM
Millions of (people) at risk for (horrible disease)*
EVERYBODY PANIC!!


*almost nobody actually gets (horrible disease) 
 
2012-09-07 08:22:23 AM
I remember at Basic Training down at Lackland, they had all these posters of some truly heinous eye infections and shiat. It was a 'motivational' poster deal to get us contact wearers to put the BCG's on. Never saw so much stomach churning shiat in my life. Couldnt even take your morning piss without seeing somebody with maggots popping out of their corneas or some such.
Wonder if they still got those.
 
2012-09-07 08:24:50 AM
I've needed glasses since I was 2, parents took until the first grade to realize I was damn near blind tho. (good news! Your daughter isn't stupid she just can't see anything in books or the chalk board!)

My first pair of contacts was when I was 6, and wore them all thru high school... but then something just changed and I can't wear them any more. My eyes get puffy and dry and irritated, no matter the brand. (and there are about 3 brands that make them in my strength)

/Sooo, hooray glasses!
/csb
 
2012-09-07 08:29:08 AM
Dailies, but I wear them two days and cut my cost in half! Is that bad?
 
2012-09-07 08:33:54 AM

Stealthy Ninja Polar Bear:
My first pair of contacts was when I was 6, and wore them all thru high school... but then something just changed and I can't wear them any more. My eyes get puffy and dry and irritated, no matter the brand. (and there are about 3 brands that make them in my strength)

/Sooo, hooray glasses!
/csb


I wore contacts for about 10 years without any problems then I just couldn't tolerate them anymore. Last time I tried them a few years ago I couldn't keep them in for more than an hour or two. And I'm scared of shooting lasers in my eyes...So glasses it is.
 
2012-09-07 08:49:29 AM

Carth: It is ridiculous that insurance doesn't pay for LASIK or PRK at this point. They'd rather give you $200-$300 a year for contacts and glasses than pay for anypart of the laser surgery.


My insurance doesn't cover vision. Assholes. So that's easily $300 a year without replacing my glasses every year.

I have seriously considered doing the LASIK, but I keep hearing horror stories about people who have to have it redone. And I actually know someone whose doctor kinda farked it up, and now he's got constant dryness. So contacts it is.

/Acuvue 2
//Take 'em out every night, toss 'em after 2 weeks
///-5.75 left eye, -6.50 in right eye
////fark you farking hipsters who wear non-prescription glasses because it's "cool." Assholes.
 
2012-09-07 08:51:25 AM

relcec: zipperlip:
There's at least one imbecile in the room when you visit your optomotrist.
\ licensed optician
\\ doesn't work for Ciba
\\\ despises dealing with most soft contact users/abusers

so you long did it take you to learn to turn operate the puffer machine and the one that has the picture of the little airplane in the hole?

/whenever I'm in a room with an optician I know it's safe to assume I'm the only with a doctorate degree.
/never even heard of a pretentious optician before


Welcome to my favorites list.
 
2012-09-07 08:53:00 AM
Daily wear, FTW.
 
2012-09-07 08:59:08 AM
Are they talking about hard contact lens wearers? The only one I've ever known used tap water to clean her lenses. Any kind of non-saline solution will wreck a soft lens.

I have soft lenses that are supposed to be replaced every two weeks; however, by taking them out at night for a soak, I can get about a month's wear out of them (the edges get little tears after awhile). The "two weeks" designation apparently refers to continuous wear.
 
2012-09-07 09:09:39 AM
Just put salt in your eyes. I think I heard that somewhere...
 
2012-09-07 09:10:33 AM
c0002761.cdn1.cloudfiles.rackspacecloud.com

at least they aren't putting hot dogs in their eye
 
2012-09-07 09:12:27 AM

Nuclear Pancake: if you are stupid enough to rinse your contact lenses out with tap water you deserve an eye eating amoeba.


The lady who sits next to me at work has a friend going through this right now, they think she picked it up while swimming at the beach. She is getting ready for a corneal transplant and has had horrific pain. She will never have regular sight in that eye again. She has been through hell. And you think if someone cleaned their contact with tap water they DESERVE this? Kinda harsh doncha think??
 
2012-09-07 09:20:38 AM

crzybtch: Nuclear Pancake: if you are stupid enough to rinse your contact lenses out with tap water you deserve an eye eating amoeba.

The lady who sits next to me at work has a friend going through this right now, they think she picked it up while swimming at the beach. She is getting ready for a corneal transplant and has had horrific pain. She will never have regular sight in that eye again. She has been through hell. And you think if someone cleaned their contact with tap water they DESERVE this? Kinda harsh doncha think??


why would someone wear contacts when god wants them to go blind
 
2012-09-07 09:22:25 AM
So, I can expect my cost of solution and cleaner to go up even higher with 'new amobae killing formula'?
 
2012-09-07 09:23:45 AM
I SAID MILLIONS OF CONTACT LENS WEARERS ARE AT RISK OF GETTING AN EYE-DEVOURING AMOEBA THAT CAN TURN THEM BLIND. SLEEEP TIGHT
 
2012-09-07 09:32:56 AM
I've been an OD for 12 years and never seen a case of this. Had one I referred because the patient was in so much pain I thought it might be, but she turned out to have a corneal ulcer and migraine at the same time. Its still out there, but it was much more common when you had to make your own saline. That hasn't been the case since long before I started practicing.

And if you can't drive without your contacts, buy a pair of backup glasses you don't mind being seen in. If you get an infection you may be out of contacts for a week or more. Can you take that much time off?
 
2012-09-07 09:33:25 AM
relcec
so you long did it take you to learn to turn operate the puffer machine and the one that has the picture of the little airplane in the hole?
I guess you're referring to the tonometer and autorefractor. I don't do that. I also refrain from computer and automobile repair even tough I know quite a bit about both.
You know why? Because I know the difference between a user and an expert.

/whenever I'm in a room with an optician I know it's safe to assume I'm the only with a doctorate degree.
/never even heard of a pretentious optician before

You should attend a convention some time. You'd get plenty of exposure.
You might also learn what opticians actually do. 

Let us know how your surgury goes.
 
2012-09-07 09:36:07 AM

junglegoddess: Carth: It is ridiculous that insurance doesn't pay for LASIK or PRK at this point. They'd rather give you $200-$300 a year for contacts and glasses than pay for anypart of the laser surgery.

My insurance doesn't cover vision. Assholes. So that's easily $300 a year without replacing my glasses every year.

I have seriously considered doing the LASIK, but I keep hearing horror stories about people who have to have it redone. And I actually know someone whose doctor kinda farked it up, and now he's got constant dryness. So contacts it is.

/Acuvue 2
//Take 'em out every night, toss 'em after 2 weeks
///-5.75 left eye, -6.50 in right eye
////fark you farking hipsters who wear non-prescription glasses because it's "cool." Assholes.


I think I have the same prescription and Acuvue 2. They tried switching me to something newer but they didn't fit right and went back to Acuvue 2. I usually wear them more than the prescribed 2 weeks though.

I've used spit or tap water when stuck at a restaurant without saline solution. Though the above mentioned pee might be a closer salinity match. I might do that before using river water.

Bear_Grylls.jpg
 
2012-09-07 09:36:51 AM

if_i_really_have_to: There are people who take their lenses out and wash them? Huh. Old people who've been wearing them since the days of hard lenses that you washed in hydrogen peroxide?

My current brand can be worn safely for up to two weeks non-stop and then you're supposed to put new ones in, not wash them. I wear them 24-7 and change the lenses once a month if I remember. It's probably more like once every 2-3 months when I feel like maybe they might be a bit grubby. I don't get deposits on them or anything, and they don't dry out. I have no eye problems at all.

/Acuvue Oasys
//No, I don't work for Johnson & Johnson


I predict giant papillary conjunctivitis in your future.
 
2012-09-07 09:42:45 AM
I looked into Lasik but my pupils are too large. They said I'd see starbursts at night, and then I'd need reading glasses in 5 years. The only thing worse for me than having to wear glasses would be having to wear reading glasses that I'm taking on and off all day and forgetting at restaurants and liquor stores.
 
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