A student dressed as a leopard for Halloween was left in agony after trying to remove a pair cat-eye contact lenses – that tore off her CORNEA.
Tia Goode, 18, was left hospitalised and wearing an eye-patch after the cheap £7 contact lenses got stuck in her eye following a festive night out with friends.
She hit a snag coming home at 1.30am on Saturday night and panicked when she realised she couldn’t get the contacts out.
The psychology student at University of South Wales panicked and even woke up a house mate to help her get it out.
Eventually she was able to get them both out, but was in so much agony she was unable to open her eyes.
Speaking to student newspaper The Tab, blonde stunner Tia said: “I attempted to get the right one out first, which was the bad one.
“I had to wake someone up and it took about forty minutes to get out.
“My eyes were watering like mad and the right one was still killing.”
“I tried to go to sleep but couldn’t because the pain was so bad, so I gave up and went up the hospital.”
After a four hour wait at Prince Charles Hospital’s A&E, doctors told beautiful Tia, from Merthyr, Wales, that the contacts had ripped her cornea, which is what had caused so much agony.
She said: “The doctor had to put anaesthetic in my eye so I could open it.
“He had a good look and prodded my eye with a cotton bud because he thought some of the lens was still stuck in there.
“But it was actually because my cornea had ripped so bad.”
“The lens was so dry that it had stuck to my eyeball and ripped the cornea completely out with it.”
Luckily she has now been told that there won’t be any lasting damage to her eye, and was given antibiotics and told to keep her eye covered until it recovers.
Tia has now warned others to stay away from the cheap non-prescription contacts.
She said: “I’d recommend not to wear them as they’re super dangerous and I didn’t realise.
“My grandparents were telling me not to wear them all week because of what was on the news.”