21. April 2012 14:13
In her latest article published in Contact Lenses Today, Dr Loretta B. Szczotka-Flynn describes two new cases of serious complications resulting from wearing illegally bought contact lenses.
The first one involved a 14-year-old patient who bought a pair of cosmetic contact lenses over the Internet. As a result of wearing them, the teenager developed a paracentral polymicrobial corneal ulcer. This condition is quite difficult to treat and the patient will have to undergo an extensive therapy.
The other case, Dr Szczotka-Flynn writes, shows how important it is to fit contact lenses properly before buying and wearing them. An 18-year-old Taiwanese patient bought a box of daily contact lenses without a prescription and had to be treated for corneal erosions only after a day of wearing the lenses.
According to the author of the article, these cases show that it is vital to purchase contact lenses only from legal sources and only after visiting an eye care practitioner and obtaining a valid prescription.