The gang borrowed a van from the pothead next door and headed for help. "By now I'm in real pain," she says. "Clinging-onto-my-eyeball, sobbing, no-idea-what's-going-on pain." She walked into the hospital rain-soaked, wearing Birkenstocks and sweatpants borrowed from her much taller ex. This first hospital turned her away, because she needed a dedicated eye hospital. The second one saw her and acted fast.
According to contact lens companies, the risk of getting infected from lenses and losing vision is "only" 4 in 10,000 per year. They seem to be referring to this data, which says those chances go up to 20 in 10,000 when it's extended-wear lenses. For comparison, your chance of being hospitalized for the flu is 300 per 10,000. So we're not saying this is ever going to happen to you, but the probability isn't exactly zero either.
Cocaine Offered Some Relief
"The lady on the desk took one look at me," says Heather, "and all of a sudden I was being given cocaine in the eyeball." Yeah, turns out cocaine is a legit anesthetic applied directly to the eye for quick results. "Instant relief!" she says. "They touch this stuff to your eye and it's numb in seconds. It doesn't last very long -- 15 minutes maybe -- but it was the only thing that they gave me that really worked for the pain."
Note: We're thinking you should only do the above under the supervision of a doctor.
Then came corneal scrapings, then an IV drip and a series of painkillers that were unfortunately not nearly as effective as cocaine. The immediate diagnosis was of some serious but unknown infection, so until they could figure out which it was, they'd treat all possible culprits. Every hour, on the hour, came a series of antibiotics, steroids, and atropine. This was continual, with no breaks for a night's sleep. Adding to the discomfort, Heather was forbidden from bathing, despite now stewing in a week's worth of festival stink.