Contact Lens Infection Means Granny Will Need Eye Removed- The Sun Newspaper- Exclusive News Story- ***February 2013***

Sally Hassell contacted us after doctors told her that her eye would need to be removed after she caught an infection while swimming on holiday in Turkey.


The 49-year-old wanted to warn others of the dangers of swimming in contact lenses.


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Blinded by lens bug after holiday pool swim

Sally Hassell, 49, got bacteria stuck under the lens to become the third recent victim of a contacts infection.

She is now struggling to see from her other eye. Sally forced to quit her magazine publisher's job and shelve wedding plans this year said: "I can't believe an eye infection did this. I can't watch TV or read. I don't even look in a mirror as it upsets me."

The mum of two, of Hinckley, Leics, is thought to have caught the bug in Kusadasi, Turkey, in October.



UK doctors first blamed conjunctivitis.

Three weeks later an expert diagnosed the acanthamoeba bug.

Sally added: "They said it probably came from the pool. You just don't think something like this will happen to you. But it did."

Medics said a shower in Britain may also be to blame, and warned against swimming or showering with lenses in.

The British Contact Lens Association said the bug hits one in 30,000 wearers.

Earlier this month The Sun told how an infection from a lens ate away the eye of June Scott, 62, of Chester-le-Street, Co Durham. Jacqui Stone, 42, of Rayne, Essex, lost an eye to the same infection.



Read more: http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/4809707/Grandmother-must-have-eye-removed-after-catching-bug-from-swimming-pool.html#ixzz2LvO1XmKb


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