Surgeons remove 27 contact lenses from woman's eye

Doctors in shock after 27 missing contact lenses found in woman's eye

Doctors in shock after 27 missing contact lenses found in woman's eye

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.

Because the lenses were behind the woman's eye for so long, it meant a large amount of bacteria had built up around her conjunctiva.

Last November 2016, a woman in the United Kingdom and her doctors were both surprised when they discovered she had 27 contact lenses in a single eye, according to Optometry Today. Said Dr. Rupal Morjaria It important to take out the lenses and let the eyes breathe.

"None of us has ever seen this before", Morjaria said.

The woman had not complained about problems other than cataracts, according to the report Morjaria and others published in the British Medical Journal. On examining her eyes with a microscope, they discovered 10 more contact lenses in her eye.

The 67-year-old patient was unaware that the contact lenses were missing, and later told surgeons that she thought her discomfort was due to dry eye and old age. Her poorer vision in the right eye and deep set eyes may have been linked with the unusually large number of retained foreign bodies, medics at Solihull hospital said.

Their BMJ article prompted one physician to remark in the comment section, "It does make one wonder about the appropriateness and completeness of the examination of the referring clinician!" The lenses were glued together and looked like a "blueish mass" in the patient's eye.

Doctors successfully removed all 27 lenses.

However, the senior citizen brushed it off as she thought it was due to her dry eyes, and her old age.

The patient, who has not been named, had her cataract surgery postponed following the discovery. "How did she not feel the lenses?"

Do you wear disposable contact lenses?

The first step is to be sure the contact lens is still on the eye.

Morjaria advised for the public to undergo regular checkups, and to take more precaution when using contact lenses.

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