Contact Lens Horror Stories That'll Seriously Freak You Out

Roughly 71 million people around the entire world wear contacts. That's a lot of daily frustration brought on by tiny little discs that you jam in your eyes in order to see.

Contact lenses come in various forms: soft, hard, vision correcting. You can buy cheap contact lenses online or pay a ton of money for the best of the best. But it seems the annoyances are the same in every form. They're dry, sometimes dirty, easy to drop, easy to tear, and very easy to hate. But we torture ourselves regardless because who would ever actually want to deal with the alternative: wearing glasses?! Or even scarier: lasers!!

Our list of contact lens horror stories covers some of the worst places you can drop your contacts, as well as some of the worst things that can happen if you don't clean your lenses carefully. Seriously, clean your lenses regularly and often! Three words: eye-eating-amoeba. Also, it's probably not a good idea to buy those cheap Halloween contact lenses to finish off your costume. Your color contacts might look great, but chances are that won't end very well.

So lean in and take a closer look at our contact lens horror stories! Whether you're all about discount contact lenses or are still scared of your contact lens solution, these stories will terrify you and gross you out. But don’t strain your eyes! We don't want to cause you any more contact lens pain.

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    Swimming with Contacts Ends in Blindness

    Jennie Hurst knew that she had to practice good hygiene practices with her contact lenses. The one thing she didn’t know? That you shouldn't swim with them. After doing just a few laps in a hotel pool while wearing her lenses, Hurst started experiencing extreme sensitivity to light and pain so bad she had to go to the hospital. The problem turned out to be acanthamoeba keratitis, which is caused by an amoeba found in almost all soil, fresh water, and sea water. Hurst has undergone numerous operations and still has not regained complete ability to see. 

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    A Cyst Formed Around A Contact Left In A Woman's Eye For 28 Years

    A woman went to the eye doctor after experiencing pain and swelling with her left eyelid. Her optometrist concluded that she had a cyst in her eye and scheduled a removal operation. When the doctors took out the cyst, they discovered it was wrapped around a rigid gas-permeable contact lens. The woman had no idea how the contact got in there, as hadn't used these types of lenses in years. Her mother, however, recalled an incident back from when the patient was 14 years old that was the likely culprit. Nearly 28 years prior, the woman lost a contact in her eye during a badminton tournament. A shuttlecock hit her eye, and she assumed the contact flew out, given that she didn't have any complications with the injury. 

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    Drunk Man Tries to Rip Out Non-Existant Lenses

    A drunk man staggered into an ER complaining he was unable to remove his contact lenses. He complained that just as they were about to come out it seemed like they popped back in. A nurse tried to help him with a suction pump. After a doctor took a closer look he realized the man wasn't wearing contact lenses at all. He had been pulling at his cornea. Maybe he should have worn his beer goggles...


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    Man Suffers Razor-Like Pain Due to Giant Papillary Conjunctivitis (GPC)

    After wearing contact lenses 24/7 for years, a man opened his eyes to what felt like razor blades. He immediately booked into the eye doctor who told him he had developed Giant Papillary Conjunctivitis which are large bumps that form under your eyelids. The doctor gave a solution to help clear the problem but his eyes never seemed to heal. The man now wears glasses permanently. So maybe it's a good idea to take a break from your lenses.

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