Don’t Let Maintenance Go Sight Unseen

Making the rounds on the Internet is a story of a woman who went about her daily life without realizing there were contacts lost in her eye. And not just one or two contacts but 27 of them. Doctors made the surprising discovery when she went in for cataract surgery.

OK, so I have a lot of questions. Chief among them… how?

The patient has apparently been wearing monthly disposable contact lenses for 35 years, she also continuously put off regular visits to her optometrist. She chalked up the discomfort she felt to dry eyes and old age.

Reading this woman’s story, I can’t help but think of all the small maintenance issues in our homes and even on the factory floor that can be easily overlooked or simply chalked up to “old age”. The problem is, when that small problem continues to be ignored, efficiency and productivity starts to decline. That’s why it is important to have a regular maintenance plan in place to catch all those little issues before they become a big problem that results in lost time, money and productivity.

As someone who goes into a squinting fit whenever a contact slightly shifts into an incorrect position, I cannot even begin to imagine how this issue went unnoticed to the patient for so long. However, had she been doing regular maintenance — aka getting checked out by an optometrist — the issue could have been resolved way earlier.

On a positive note, she reports that she is feeling “so much better” after having the collection removed.

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