Warning to Contact Lens Wearers: TikTok Star Suffers from Flesh-Eating Parasite that Causes Blindness
You may have heard of TikTok, an app that allows users to create short videos and share them with the world. While most of the content on TikTok is harmless and entertaining, a recent incident has raised concerns about the safety of contact lens wearers.
A TikTok star from the United States, who has not been named, shared her story on video after contracting a flesh-eating parasite that causes blindness. According to the woman, she had been wearing her contact lenses for too long and not taking proper care of them, which allowed the parasite to enter her eye.
The woman said that she started experiencing severe pain in her eye and went to the hospital where she was diagnosed with a parasitic infection. The parasite, called acanthamoeba, is commonly found in water and soil and can enter the eye if contact lenses are not properly disinfected or if they are worn for too long.
Acanthamoeba can cause a rare but serious infection called Acanthamoeba keratitis, which can lead to blindness. In some cases, a corneal transplant may be necessary to restore vision.
Unfortunately, the woman who contracted the parasite was not so lucky. She shared on the video that her eyesight had been permanently damaged and she is now legally blind in one eye. Additionally, she will require a corneal transplant in the future to prevent the infection from spreading to her other eye.
This story is a warning to all contact lens wearers to take proper care of their lenses and not wear them for longer than recommended. Contact lenses should be properly cleaned and disinfected according to the manufacturer’s instructions, and should be replaced regularly. It is also important to avoid wearing lenses while swimming or bathing.
In conclusion, contact lens wearers should be aware of the potential dangers associated with not properly caring for their lenses. Acanthamoeba is a serious parasite that can lead to blindness if left untreated. Make sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning and disinfecting your lenses, and always replace them as recommended. Remember, your eyes are precious and it’s important to take care of them.
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