Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - LOOKING BACK -

Ex­cru­ci­at­ing pain for 6 days and swollen ex­ten­sive corneal abra­sions to both eyes with heaped ep­ithe­lium which was scraped off at Cairns Base Hospi­tal af­ter be­ing cared for at Moss­man Hospi­tal is the re­sult from wear­ing fun coloured con­tacts bought off eBay! My daugh­ter, a typ­i­cal gor­geous young per­son, who is so full of en­ergy and would do any­thing for any­one thought ‘how much fun to look so awe­some for Hal­loween.’ So­phie bought them off eBay for $25. I, like many, thought they looked awe­some! She wore them for three hours on Satur­day night. A few days later (Tues­day) she de­cided to wear the con­tacts all day. Soph said her eyes were blurry wear­ing the con­tacts af­ter a few hours but as­sumed that af­ter­noon when she took them out, her vi­sion would clear. In our busy house­hold, I said ‘what do the in­struc­tions say?’ This is when we re­alised that there weren’t any in­struc­tions re­gard­ing how long and how many times you can wear them. I as­sumed with a goodnight sleep her eyes would be fine! So­phie went to school Wed­nes­day morn­ing and by mid­day she was in Moss­man Emer­gency. Within hours she couldn’t open her eyes due to the pain and light sen­si­tiv­ity.

Over the next 3 days, she was not get­ting any bet­ter which left us a fam­ily dev­as­tated and so con­fused on how this could hap­pen.

The oph­thal­mol­o­gist as­sured us in Cairns Hospi­tal on Fri­day af­ter­noon that once he scraped her eyes, Soph would only be in pain for a few more days then slowly she would be able to open her eyes.

At first he warned it would be blurry for a while, but her corneas would heal! See­ing my nor­mally bub­bly daugh­ter not talk for 5 days and in so much agony, only able to open her eyes to put in her an­tibi­otic drops while cry­ing in pain should not have hap­pened!

I de­cided to take a pho­to­graph be­fore the pain relief wore off of the dye that was put in her eyes, which shows the dam­age caused by us­ing those con­tacts, so I could warn other vic­tims only to wear con­tacts from rep­utable places.

I put this pic­ture up Fri­day night on Face­book and it has been shared 30,000 times so far. I’ve had peo­ple all over the world mes­sage me with sim­i­lar sto­ries. I think what makes me dev­as­tated is, I had no idea there were con­se­quences on wear­ing un­pre­scribed con­tacts!

Now you know!

Julie O’Gorman, Moss­man

Thank heaven all the noise about the need for re­pairs to the boat ramp at Rocky Point seem to be get­ting some­where.

Now the north west­er­lies are start­ing to blow reg­u­larly and that is ex­actly what wor­ried some of us the most about the

So­phie O’Gorman-Pe­track af­ter doc­tors put dye in her eyes to high­light the abra­sions caused by cheap con­tact lenses


MP Billy Gor­don in­spect­ing the Rocky Point Ramp

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