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Woman tears out own cornea while removing contact lens

Woman tears out own cornea while removing contact lens

A woman pulled out her cornea yesterday while removing a special type of contact lens that make the wearer's irises appear larger.
The woman, surnamed Wu, suffered permanent vision damage when she took the contacts out after wearing them for more than 10 hours.
Wu's vision dropped from 1.5 to 0.65 in one eye. She said angrily, "The doctor told me that my cornea came out with the contact lens." The damage to Wu's eye was done to the parenchymal layer, which is the third layer in the cornea, and would be permanent, the doctor said. Wu was told not to rub her eyes because it may make cause her cornea to rupture again.
Wu said she brought a pair of Innova contact lenses that make the irises appear larger, but after wearing them for more than 10 hours on January 23, she felt her eyes were dry and then proceeded to remove the lenses at home. Immediately after she removed the lenses, she felt a sharp pain in her eyes that made her unable to open them, she said. After she struggled to open her eyes, the tears kept coming out of her eyes and her vision became blurred, she said, adding, "It was so painful that I wanted to kill myself."
An eye-doctor at the Tri-Service General Hospital, Lu Ta-wen, said the special contact lenses have poorer air permeability and are more likely to impair the eyes if worn incorrectly. He also said that one should not wear these kinds of contact lenses for more than eight hours.
Noting that the product did not come with any instructions or guarantee, Wu said she notified the product agent of the problem she had experienced with their contact lenses but the problem remained unsolved and the products still remain on the market shelf with no label warning of their potential danger.
Wu said the agent of the questionable contact lenses had not taken heed of her request for medial compensation, so she took the matter to the Consumers' Foundation. But Wu said the agent has only offered her sunglasses to compensate her for the damage.
She disagreed with the agent's handling her appeal and felt the agent has disregarded consumers' safety. She added that she might take legal action against the agent. However, the agent stressed that the product is not flawed and that the problem stemmed from improper use of the contact lenses.
Nevertheless, Wu said she took relief from the fact that she can still see, even though her vision has suffered a big blow.
The Department of Health warned that iris-magnifying contact lenses are medial equipment and should not be worn without authorization from an optometrist. Noting that Taiwan has no clear-cut regulations to control the usage of these kinds of special lenses, the department cautioned consumers against discretionary use of the lenses.
The special contact lenses that can make the wearer's eyes look bigger and shinier have attracted a lot of attention from consumers because many entertainers also wear them. It is said that the famous Japanese pop music singer Ayumi Hamasaki, who is performing in Taiwan, also wear the special lenses to make her eyes look bigger. Manager of CIBA Vision Fu Ya-lin estimated that colored contact lenses and iris-magnifying lenses together enjoy sales of NT$600 million and the market is booming.
Several Taiwanese entertainers who have been wearing the special contact lenses drew from their experiences and advised against improper use of the lenses, including wearing them over eight hours or removing them without care.