Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

'It Was like Something Was Eating at My Eye. I Couldn't Bear to Look at the Light. ' Woman Loses Eye after Lens Infection

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

'It Was like Something Was Eating at My Eye. I Couldn't Bear to Look at the Light. ' Woman Loses Eye after Lens Infection

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Byline: DAN WARBURTON

A RETIRED print worker was left blind in one eye after an infection caught from her contact lens "ate away" her cornea.

June Scott was looking forward to a retirement spent partially in the Spanish sun, but instead spent three weeks in hospital and was attached to an intravenous drip after the disposable lens began burning her eyeball.

And despite three operations and a string of eight-hour sessions to flush the infection from her body, surgeons were forced to cut away her cornea.

Medics in Spain - where she lives during the winter months - have said a fungal infection known as Fusarium had attacked her left eye.

June, who lives with her husband of 20 years, William, 62, said: "I went to the doctors and they said they have never seen anything like it. It was just like something was eating at my eye, I couldn't bear to look at the light.

"I'm heartbroken - I'm never going to be the same and it's awful. At first I thought there was a hair in my eye but the next day I had to go to the emergency hospital.

"I was given drops but it just got worse. I can't fault the hospital - they were fantastic. I feel so lucky to have had such a top doctor despite this horrific thing."

June bought a set of contact lenses from a UK company before travelling to her Spanish holiday home in Alicante in October last year.

But after it began affecting her eye, she was rushed to a specialist unit at the nearby Hospital Clinico San Juan.

Surgeons battled for nearly a month to save her vision and she underwent three operaure tions in an effort to clear the infection.

But just before New Year's Eve last year medics were forced to remove the eye in a three-and-a-half hour proced-and June, who lives in Chester-le-Street, County Durham, has been left with no sight in her left eye. …

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