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Eye injury/keratoconjunctivitis

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • January 11, 2010
  • 00:42 PM

Air conditioning at work broke, temperatures reached 8o degrees and rising. My water-soluble contact lenses stuck to my eyes, I had great difficulty getting them out, had to go to EYE Casualty, where the nurse-practitioner sent me away to use Hypromellose. My eyes deteriorated, had to go back a few times, eventually referred to a cornea specialist. My med certificates say "corneal abrasions". Asked to write a med report for work, the specialist said that I have "Keratoconjunctivitis". All my research indicates this is a minor disease but I have now been off work for six months and although I am improving, I still am not better -obviously haven't worn contacts since the accident at work and am dependent on glasses.

Just wondered - would my eyes have been burned when the contact lenses stuck to them and (like a skin burn) would they have carried on burning until I had appropriate treatment?

Anybody had something similar happened to them?

I met someone at the hospital, a non-contact lense wearer whose eyes got damaged when central heating broke and actually had to have eye membranes stitched together so I'm not the only one, but I'm concerned that the diagnosis of keratoconjunctivitis actually triviallises my experience and the damage to my eyes.

Thanks for any input

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