Getting rid of boring spectacles and wearing contact lenses may seem trendy but the complications associated with it are still unknown. Contact lenses can trigger eye infections that may even result in complete or partial blindness.
An elderly man in Braunton, England has been affected with a rare eye infection caused due to contact lenses. It has destroyed his cornea completely.
The 63-year-old has been diagnosed with Acanthamoeba Keratitis (AK), an infection caused by a microorganism found in water.
He has been advised to use only two types of eye drops namely ï¿½ Polyhexanide and Brolene. The drops keep the pressure off the eye because if it gets too high, his eye could burst. Eventually, he completely lost his sight in the left eye.
"The trouble is, I get depressed with it. It has affected my whole life because I have not got sight in one eye. So I'm walking around with one eye and they don't even guarantee that I'll get it back. I can work but it has an influence on my work and what I do. Overall, it's had a massive effect on my life, I'm just hoping to see the end of it," he said.
Stephen is currently undergoing treatment to kill off the infection so that he will be eligible for a cornea transplant.