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David Morris: They saved my eye sight

 With the Great South Run less than five days away, Southampton Hospital Charity want to wish luck to our 34 runners!

 

Runners like David Morris:

“I'm taking part in the Great South Run alongside my football team, AFC Riverside. I want to raise money for the Southampton Eye Unit as if it wasn't for their amazing care, I would have lost sight in both my eyes.
 
In May 2014 I contracted acanthamoeba keratitis (AK) from being too relaxed with the cleanliness of my contact lenses.” 
 
Acanthamoeba keratitis (AK) is an infection of the cornea, the clear 'window' at the front of the eye. Acanthamoeba is common in nature and is usually found in bodies of water as well as domestic tap water, swimming pools, hot tubs, soil and air. 
 
“I had worn my monthly contact lenses for far too long and cleaned them only in saline solution. I would also often shower and swim with them in, and this combination caused me to contract the rare condition.
 
What started out as being a stinging sensation in both my eyes soon turned into the most excruciating pain I have ever felt. 
 
My eye sight deteriorated so much that I could only see a couple of metres, and I could barely venture outside into the bright sunlight as my eyes were so sensitive.
 
The Southampton Eye Unit were fast in identifying the condition, giving me the operation and treatment I needed to rid my eyes of the parasite. 
 
After six to nine months of treatment I thankfully made a full recovery. Many others are not so lucky, and for that reason I am raising money for Southampton Hospital Charity, specifically the eye unit.
 
From forgetting to do something so simple, to a potentially life changing consequence, this is just something I can do show my appreciation.”
 
Support David today at: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/david-morris2501 



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