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I’m a General Practitioner, and as a father I would like to tell the painful story of the chain of mistakes that, in the case of my daughter (21 years old), led to the irreversible loss of the sight of one eye:
She bought daily disposable contact lenses in an optician’s shop without the advice of a ophthalmologist. She was not warned against showering while wearing the contact lenses, but she did it (few people and even doctors know that). Moreover, she was offered to use a lens container to save them from the morning to the evening just in case she desired to use them again on the same day, and a solution was offered for that purpose. She was not advised to throw away the solution one month after opening the container (as was indicated in the small print at the bottom of the bottle) and not in the expiry date of the product (as was clearly indicated in large letters on the container). And finally, the case was confused and treated for 3 months as an herpetical infection by three different ophthalmologists, until a fourth one reconsidered the case and detected the acanthamoeba in the bottle of the solution and in the lens container that she had used since the beginning of the infection.
To summarise: misinformation and a lack of professional awareness.