Teen kept awake for week to stop parasite burrowing into eye

MEDICS forced a student to stay awake for a week to prevent a parasite from burrowing into her eyeball.

Jessica Greaney, 18, had eyedrops administered every ten minutes for seven days in a row after doctors found a small worm-like creature in her left eye from a contact lens.

Miss Greaney, a first-year English student at the University of Nottingham, was told she got the parasite - acanthamoeba keratitis - in her eye after a drop of tap water splashed on her contact lens.

At first, she thought she had an eye infection as her eyelid was dropping, which was then mis-diagnosed as an ulcer by doctors.

She said: "But, by the end of the week, my eye was bulging, and it looked like a huge red golf ball. It was swollen, and extremely painful, and they admitted me into hospital.

Read more at the NZ Herald.


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