A UK surgeon recently discovered that one of their patients had 27 lost contact lenses stuck behind one of their eyes.
The 67-year-old patient was reportedly experiencing dryness and discomfort in their eye but just put it down to old age.
However, upon closer inspection by specialist trainee ophthalmologist Rupal Morjaria, at Solihull Hospital, a blue mass of 17 contacts was found.
Concerned by the discovery, the examination was continued and a further 10 lenses were spotted.
The woman, who was meant to be going in for cataract surgery, explained that she had been wearing monthly disposables for over 35 years. However, she didn’t get her eyes checked over very often.
So when she was alerted as to why she’d been experiencing so much discomfort, she was ‘quite shocked’ to learn of the truth.
In a chat with Optometry Today, Ms Morjaria said: “None of us have ever seen this before.
“It was such a large mass. All the 17 contact lenses were stuck together.
“We were really surprised that the patient didn’t notice it because it would cause quite a lot of irritation while it was sitting there.”
After making the shocking discovery, the woman was informed she wouldn’t be able to have surgery until the lenses were removed, as it could trigger an infection.
“Because she had harboured these contact lenses in her eye for an unknown length of time if we had operated she would have had a lot of bacteria around her conjunctiva,” Ms Morjaria explained.
Since having the 27 contact lenses removed, the woman has reportedly said she feels ‘a lot more comfortable’.
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