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post Feb 22 2006, 08:57 AM
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Wednesday February 22, 2006


Sharp rise in eye infection cases

IT STARTED out as just a pain in his left eye, but within three weeks, Jermaine Tan, 19, needed a cornea transplant to save his sight.

The polytechnic student was one of 10 contact lens users diagnosed with a fungal infection last month, and one of 22 since May last year. This is much higher than the four to six cases a year, including foreign patients, all of whom are usually infected by an injury to the eye.

The director of the Singapore Eye Research Institute and deputy director of the Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC), Associate Professor Donald Tan, is puzzled by the spike in cases.

The Health Ministry on Monday said the 18 patients it had traced all used Bausch & Lomb’s ReNu multipurpose contact lens solution. They all wore disposable lenses, but they were from different companies and of various types, ranging from daily to monthly disposables.

Of those infected, 13 had used lenses beyond the recommended period, and 11 had slept with the lenses on.

Jermaine, however, had done everything by the book. The third-year Temasek Polytechnic tourism management student said he had been “diligent” in his eye and lens care since switching from spectacles to contact lenses three years ago.

He saw a doctor immediately when he felt a sharp pain in his left eye last month. He was given some eye cream but it did not ease the pain.

So he went to another doctor, who said it was serious and sent him to Changi General Hospital. There, he was given two types of eye drops to apply every half hour.

He was referred to the SNEC when tests confirmed he had a fungal infection. Despite eye drops as well as oral and intravenous medication, his eyesight worsened and only a transplant could save his sight.

“We were in the nick of time with Jermaine,” Prof Tan said.

“The fungi had almost eaten all the way through the cornea. One more day and it could have been too late.”

If Jermaine had not been treated in time, doctors would have had to remove his entire eye to save his life.

For Jermaine, he has recovered about 60% of the sight in his left eye, but his vision remains blurry. – The Straits Times / Asia News Network
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post Feb 22 2006, 01:52 PM
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- centrino   I'm giving up contact lens   Feb 22 2006, 08:57 AM
- - phoenix0115   ewwwww....yuck... and remember NEVER to sleep wit...   Feb 22 2006, 11:08 AM
- - changalator   Yeah, I prefer glasses.   Feb 22 2006, 12:42 PM
- - GawtxJenny   why would they sleep with their contacts on?...hel...   Feb 22 2006, 12:56 PM
- - phoenix0115   ^well...some people get lazy or perhaps they'r...   Feb 22 2006, 01:09 PM
- - GawtxJenny   well then thats waht they get...   Feb 22 2006, 01:52 PM
- - erico   so don't sleep with your contacts on and don...   Feb 22 2006, 07:05 PM
- - eimi   eww   Feb 22 2006, 07:27 PM
- - anonymous nguyener   I'M DYING TO GET C0NTACT LENSES! GLASSES G...   Feb 22 2006, 07:31 PM
- - StephenDedalusFromAsia   Millions of people have contacts. Maybe it has so...   Feb 22 2006, 07:36 PM
- - FantasyClover   wait whats wrong with renue?   Feb 22 2006, 07:43 PM
- - phoenix0115   ^yeah...is the Renu theory proven? cuz I use Renu....   Feb 22 2006, 07:57 PM
- - dan   yeah, i sleep with my contacts in all the time and...   Feb 22 2006, 09:06 PM
- - Ben   I only slept with my contacts on a few times in my...   Feb 22 2006, 09:25 PM
|- - Puggles   QUOTE (Ben @ Feb 22 2006, 07:25 PM)I only sle...   Feb 26 2006, 10:13 PM
- - phoenix0115   ^Ben, you gotta dispose your contacts biweekly...e...   Feb 22 2006, 09:28 PM
- - xcutie   ewww, that sounds gross.. but seriously, it's ...   Feb 23 2006, 12:16 AM
- - centrino   the government here in singapore has advised its p...   Feb 23 2006, 11:15 AM
- - phoenix0115   ^so what's wrong with Renu? What has been prov...   Feb 23 2006, 12:34 PM
- - Lee! OTL ...   Go spectacles!! !   Feb 23 2006, 03:28 PM
- - xcutie   QUOTE (phoenix0115 @ Feb 23 2006, 09:34 AM)^s...   Feb 23 2006, 06:17 PM
- - Lao_Dreamer   Awww....and I wanted contacts too. I think I...   Feb 23 2006, 06:23 PM
- - YellowCommie   for a whole month I wore my contacts without takin...   Feb 23 2006, 07:37 PM
|- - dan   QUOTE (YellowCommie @ Feb 23 2006, 08:37 PM)f...   Feb 23 2006, 07:43 PM
- - phoenix0115   OMFG! I've been using Renu solution for th...   Feb 23 2006, 07:40 PM
- - Jasel   This article isn't suprising. Sleeping with co...   Feb 23 2006, 07:41 PM
- - phoenix0115   QUOTE (YellowCommie @ Feb 23 2006, 07:37 PM)f...   Feb 23 2006, 07:46 PM
- - TVBaddict69   I have never accepted the idea of having a piece o...   Feb 23 2006, 07:56 PM
- - hugo boss   I think taking contacts out is a relief, I dont li...   Feb 23 2006, 08:07 PM
|- - centrino   QUOTE (hugo boss @ Feb 23 2006, 08:07 PM)I th...   Feb 26 2006, 09:17 AM
- - dan   to be honest, it's more that im too lazy to ta...   Feb 23 2006, 08:28 PM
- - phoenix0115   QUOTE (hugo boss @ Feb 23 2006, 08:07 PM)Ive ...   Feb 23 2006, 08:31 PM
- - mt710   i've been using OPTI-FREE solution.. it's ...   Feb 26 2006, 12:17 PM
|- - YellowCommie   QUOTE (mt710 @ Feb 26 2006, 12:17 PM)i've...   Feb 26 2006, 02:13 PM
- - eggrollsishyummy   whoa i use reneu solution..... i change my contact...   Feb 26 2006, 12:51 PM
- - xcutie   ^ you can buy Renu anywhere that sells contacts so...   Feb 26 2006, 05:58 PM
- - phoenix0115   so yesterday I went to buy myself a bottle of Alco...   Feb 26 2006, 06:22 PM
- - mt710   QUOTE (phoenix0115 @ Feb 26 2006, 06:22 PM)so...   Feb 26 2006, 09:01 PM


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