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A British nan who lost her eye after catching a rare infection from taking a shower while wearing contact lenses has warned others to not make the same mistake.
Unlucky Marie Mason was raced to hospital after her doctor realised she had contracted a dangerous bacteria when she complained she had something stuck in her left eye.
The 54-year-old was then told she had a rare illness called Acanthamoeba Keratitis which was feasting on her cornea – at the expense of her eyesight.
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She said: "I had to stop work, because at the time I worked in a kitchen in a school, and I was having to put eye drops in every half an hour so it just wasn't going to work because it's so painful.
"I also had to go to the hospital two to three times a week, and sometimes even more.
"I was also in eye casualty a lot because something would flare up, so with all the times I had to go into hospital, I couldn't have gone to work because it wouldn't have been worth it anyway.
"There was just lots of hospital visits, lots of eye drops, lots of operations and procedures and lots of pain."
But the brave Leicestershire lady is now campaigning to make others aware of the risks.
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She demanded better labels on contact lens packets and explained: "I don't want anyone to think that I'm asking people to not wear contact lenses because I'm not asking that at all.
"Wear contact lenses, that's absolutely fine, but you've just got to be careful – it's the water thing more than anything…
"I just don't want anyone else to go through it really."
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Marie has now lived for almost two years with one eye and says her life is finally getting back to normal.
But she does still find some everyday tasks difficult.
"I do struggle sometimes because my vision on my left side is rubbish. Well, it's not there,” she added.
"It's quite hard walking down the street when you've got people whizzing by you, and it makes you jump a bit because you don't expect it."
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