A young woman has narrowly escaped permanent vision loss after she tore off the top layer of her eyeball removing her contact lenses.
Meabh McHugh-Hill told The Mirror she panicked when she realised she had left her lenses in for ten hours.
The sudden removal was said to have ripped off part of her cornea – the transparent layer on the top of her eye – leaving the 23-year-old in sheer agony.
McHugh-Hill, from Liverpool in England, said she hadn’t moistened the lenses before she attempted the removal.
“I ran upstairs to take them out and stupidly, in a rush, I just pinched my eye first like I normally would do to get the contact out,” she said.
“But I should have moistened them first – because this time my eye was so dry the contact had actually glued itself to my eyeball.”
Contacts are generally recommended to only be left in for a maximum of eight hours.