Steve Smith (not his real name): "After my ordeal with Renu, the worst part was not knowing if I would ever see again. It was so scary when I woke up one day and couldn't see, especially midway through my law degree with stacks of loans that have to be paid back.
I had been using Renu with Moisterloc for about six months. One night when I was out my contact started clouding up in my right eye, as if something was on it. I didn't think much about it and figured it was just dirty. I took my lenses out that night and cleaned them in Renu. The next day I went to work and my right eye was still cloudy, it was like being in some smoke. Still, I thought it was something that could wait until Monday to get checked out. I am a second year law student and I was preparing for finals and did not have time to waste, or so I thought.
I woke up Sunday and was basically blind in both eyes. It was like being in a really thick fog. I had a friend give me a ride to the ER. After seeing three cornea doctors, I was sent home after five hours with antibacterial eye drops and steroid drops. I ended up spending the entire week sitting at home listening to music because I was literally unable to use my eyes. On the fourth day, I was able to blurrily see things and open my eyes for short periods of time. The entire week I was in really awful pain that would not go away, and I was told that there was nothing they could give me for the pain and that it would pass. I ended up having to postpone my finals for two weeks while I sat at home. The worst part was that I was unable to study.
Eventually my eyes healed enough to let me study and start taking my finals.
I was leaving for Japan two weeks after my finals and the infection had caused a change in my prescription so I had to spend a lot of money and time getting fit for new glasses and contacts and paying for rush shipping on everything. About a month after I was in Japan my eyes finally healed, except my right eye's prescription changed further and I will have to get refit for both contacts and glasses in that eye when I return to America in August. Until then I have to predominantly use my left eye.
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