United Kingdom : 27 contact lenses found in woman's eye

A woman whose contacts had been disappearing learned the ugly truth after a doctor’s visit

Rupal Morjaria, an ophthalmologist at Solihull Hospital in the United Kingdom, shared a harrowing story about a 67-year-old patient scheduled for a cataract surgery.

The case occurred in November a year ago but was reported in the British Medical Journal this month.

The woman was "quite shocked", specialist trainee ophthalmologist Rupal Morjaria told OT, adding that the woman said her eyes felt much more comfortable two weeks after the glob of lenses was removed. This body turned out to be a "hard mass" of 17 lenses stuck together with mucus.

The doctors said they wanted to publicize her case as a warning to others who wear contacts.

The woman had worn disposable contact lenses for the past 35 years but had not attended regular optometrist appointments.

"None of us have ever seen this before", Morjaria told OT. The "blueish mass" in one eye that the doctors had taken for a cataract was actually a mass of contact lenses stuck in her eye.

The 65-year-old patient was scheduled for a routine cataract surgery when specialists at the U.K.'s Solihull Hospital discovered a cluster of the thin, translucent medical products.

The 67-year-old woman reportedly believed that she was experiencing discomfort in her eye due to dry eye or old age.

Unfortunately for the pensioner her cataract operation had to be postponed following the surprising discovery. The patient apparently thought that her discomfort was simply due to old age and dry eye.

Mojaria said people have become more lax about checkups because contact lenses are so easy to purchase online. The first clump found contained 17 lenses while a second set of 10 was found on the same eye as the examination continued.

Dr. Morjaria pointed out that people use lenses all day long and they don't monitor their deterioration. It is important to note also that the contact lens can only go as far as the crease in the conjunctiva under the upper eyelids and it cannot go behind your eye. Are you careful with hygiene and removal?

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