Teen’s Eye-Eating Parasite Will Make Most Parents Face-Palm (VIDEO)

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student eye infectionNo matter how many times you tell your child that flossing is necessary, or that buckling up is a non-negotiable, or that texting and driving is a death wish, the most you can do is hope that they heed your advice. You can't stand over them and force them to do these things, right? It's a shame, too, because sometimes they think they know best, that they're invincible, when, really, they're not. Take this teenager. She didn't change her contacts like she was supposed to and ended up with an eye-eating parasite that almost left her blind.

Ashley Hyde, 18, is a high school senior in Florida. When she complained about some pretty severe eye irritation and blurred vision, doctors saw that there was a problem, but couldn't pinpoint the issue. They ended up having to drill into her eyeball and take a scraping (oh god someone hold me) and from there discovered that a microscopic parasite that's usually found in water had latched on to her contact lens and spread all the way across it. 

She'll be OK, but it almost made her go blind. Doctors believe that after four months of weekly visits, Ashley will be back to normal.

Listen. I don't want to say you should go ahead and show Ashley's gross eye picture to your teens and remind them that they're not immune to such trauma, but you might want to do just that. Maybe blow up the picture to poster size and place it on their pillow? Just a thought.

Because I can remember not that long ago when I was a teen (OK, longer ago than I'm willing to admit, but still) and I thought nothing would ever happen to me. Everyone thinks that when they're in high school!

Point is, teens: if you don't do the little annoying shit like clean your contacts or change your oil or wear sunscreen, things could go really wrong. Let our poor Ashley here serve as an accidental reminder that sometimes that thing going wrong is a retina-chomping bug. And that's not fun for anyone.

How do you drive this point home to your teen?


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Bruic... Bruickson

This is what I teach people on a daily basis at my job. I am an optician/dr. tech at an optometry practice. I instruct first time contact wearers to insert, remove and care for their lenses and I cannot stress how important it is to properly care for them. If you know you will be too lazy to remove your contacts everyday then stick with glasses or at least pay a little more for the contacts that can be worn overnight. But even those are not 100% safe and should be taken out a few times a week for cleaning and to let your eye breathe. Parents really need to make sure their children are responsible enough to care for their contacts before they get them. It annoys me when parents bring in their children as young as 10 to get contacts. Most of the time a kid at that age doesn't even want them and cries at the thought of sticking something in their eye much less properly cleaning them. You'd be shocked at how many parents choose contacts for their children just for vanities sake.

Pinkmani Pinkmani

Wow! That's crazy!!!

RoseFan1 RoseFan1

or just suck it up and wear glasses. she actually looked pretty cute with the glasses. lol

honey... honeydewmommy

Poor baby I hope she gets well soon

kelti... kelticmom

Omg. I'm an RN, and used to work for an ophthalmologist.You would not believe the nasty infections, ulcers, corneal abrasions, etc I've seen. Just from people not caring for their contacts. One man had a raging infection, and I was taking a history on him - turns out he works in the oilfield, and whenever his lens would feel dry, he would take it out and stick it in his MOUTH to clean it off!!!! Another guy was doing mission work in Africa and rinsed his lenses with Kenyan tap water!!!! Common sense people! And those colored circle lenses you order online or buy at the beauty supply are not only illegal, they are terrible for your eyes.

Bobbie Mallette

OMG!!!! i had that they just scraped my eye daily for  bout 5 days  megs harsh antibotics   but ya its painful  cant even open the other eyes as the light will make the bad eye hurt  was horrid

Bobbie Mallette

oh and i did take care of my contacts and my eyes  i just happened to take a shower  one day a dntehn put my contacts in  and boom thats what happened  i go it  geeesh folks always wanna just jump and blame  the person


Tabbie Porter

I was totally rubbing my eyes while reading. Wonder when I last took out my contacts? Lol. Oh wait, over the weekend. I usually take mine out every 2 weeks. I'm constantly "flushing" my eyes with drops though. To help clear them. If they feel junky, or my eyes feel irritated I take them out. Usually only for a few days.

nonmember avatar Rachael

OMG. I had a corneal ulcer a few years back from not taking out my contacts. It felt like I was being stabbed in the eye for a couple days. Now I make sure to take out my contacts at night.

Banne... BannerElkHogans

if you have to put crap in your eye's daily you'll end up with something down the road!!!

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