Tia Goode was out for Halloween, she was dressed as a leopard and had novelty cat eye contact lenses. She soon noticed that she was unable to remove the contact lenses.
After many attempts to try and remove the contact lenses she decided to go to hospital where it was discovered that the contact lenses had ripped her cornea.
Tia Goode, 18, was left wearing an eye-patch after her novelty contact lenses got stuck, following a night out with friends.
The psychology student at the University of South Wales began to panic when she couldn’t remove them and resorted to waking up her friends to help. Tia eventually removed the contact lenses but she will was left in so much pain she was unable to open her eyes.
She said: “I attempted to get the right one out first, which was the bad one, I had to wake someone up and it took about forty minutes to get out, my eyes were watering like mad and the right one was still killing.”
She added: “I tried to go to sleep but couldn’t because the pain was so bad, so I gave up and went up the hospital.”
Tia was told by the doctors at the Prince Charles Hospital that the reason for why she was in so much pain was because the novelty contact lenses had ripped her cornea.
Tia Said: “The doctor had to put anaesthetic in my eye so I could open it, he had a good look and prodded my eye with a cotton bud because he thought some of the lens was still stuck in there, but it was actually because my cornea had ripped so badly.”
She added: “The lens was so dry that it had stuck to my eyeball and ripped the cornea completely out with it.”
She was told by the doctors that there would not be an long lasting damage to her eye and that she needs to keep it covered until it recovers.
Contact Lenses – Advice
Tia has now warned others to keep way from the novelty contact lenses as they are very dangerous.
Dr Susan Blakeney, Clinical Adviser to the College of Optometrists, said: “We do want people to know the risks when using novelty contact lenses, as long as they’re purchased from a reputable outlet the issue isn’t with the lenses themselves but with how people use them.”
Dr Blakeney added “It is absolutely vital that people are able to remove and insert their contact lenses safely and have been instructed on how to do so by an optometrist, contact lens optician or doctor, “Anyone wearing contact lenses of any sort must make sure they clean them thoroughly after use and disinfect them with the recommended contact lens solution.
“Never use tap water, the wrong solution, or lick them – and if they drop on the floor don’t simply pop them back in.”