Pregnant midwife Lauren nearly goes blind after contracting a parasite under her contact lens

Lauren, from Sydney, said her left eye became red and painful on Christmas Day but she just assumed her contact lens were not sitting right

Lauren, from Sydney, said her left eye became red and painful on Christmas Day but she just assumed her contact lens were not sitting right

A pregnant midwife has revealed how she nearly went blind after a parasite became embedded under her contact lens.

Lauren, from Sydney, said her left eye became red and painful on Christmas Day but she just assumed her contact lens were not sitting right.

But just two weeks later, the mother-of-two was unable to open her left eye from the agony before she was rushed to hospital for emergency treatment.

‘It was the worst pain I’ve ever felt in my life,’ she told 7NEWS.

‘It was excruciating. I couldn’t sit up, I couldn’t open my eye, I had to pry it open.’ 

The woman had a parasite called Acanthamoeba keratitis in the cornea of her eye – as samples detected an infection from an organism found in tap water. 

Against all odds, Lauren has since regained her eyesight after she was given the all-clear last month following months of treatments and eye drops

Against all odds, Lauren has since regained her eyesight after she was given the all-clear last month following months of treatments and eye drops

Doctors couldn’t determine how she contracted the serious eye infection but believed it could be from tap water under her contact lens.

But Lauren said she always removed her contact lens before taking a shower.

Despite this, she was left devastated after being told she could likely suffer permanent damage.

During the ordeal, Lauren also found out she was expecting a baby – and her strong dose of eye drops could potentially put her pregnancy at risk.

Luckily, Lauren has since regained her eyesight after she was given the all-clear last month – and her unborn child remains healthy.

By sharing her story, she wanted to warn people who wear contact lens. 

‘Take the two seconds to take them out because it’s just not worth it,’ she said.

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