British dad blinded after swimming with contact lenses during holiday in Majorca.
A British father was blinded on a Majorca holiday after swimming with his contact lenses. Muir Fulton needed surgery after both eyes became infected. The 45-year-old went for a morning swim in Spain but forgot he had his contact lenses in. Muir Fulton, pictured with his family, went on holiday to Majorca and got an eye infection.
The infection spread behind the lens and, within hours, he was struggling to see. Muir, of Ayr, west Scotland, went to a Spanish hospital but felt he was ‘getting nowhere’ and called a doctor back home.
The desperate dad flew home immediately. ‘I was struggling to see and knew I was going blind,’ Muir said. The property developer cut his holiday short after he struggled to see.
The property developer’s eyes were so badly infected that the thin membrane covering the eyeball, the cornea, was scarred by infection and blocked images passing through to the eye. He was admitted to Ayr Hospital where he was given antibiotic eye drops every 30 minutes for four days. ‘I was warned that if the drops did not work, my left eye would be glued shut,’ Muir added.
Mr Sathish Srinivasan, consultant ophthalmologist, said only a cornea transplant in his right eye offered hope and the chance of success was limited.‘We got a donor cornea from the national eye bank and I am delighted to say it has worked, against considerable odds. ‘Many people don’t know never to swim or indeed take a shower with contact lenses. It’s also easy to forget you are wearing them.’
Luckily, Muir was able to see again as soon as the bandages came off. ‘It was amazing. My sight had been saved,’ he said. Sathish Srinivasan help treat Muir and, against all odds, saved his eyesight.
Muir is now approaching the end of his grueling 18-month treatment. His wife Eileen said: ‘I feared that Muir would be permanently blind and was on the point of calling the RNIB to assess our home and help us make it blind friendly.
‘We are hugely grateful for everything that has been done.’ A spokeswoman for NHS Blood and Transplant said: ‘Corneas can be donated after death, no matter how old the person.’