Surgeon discovers 27 contact lenses lodged in woman's eye

Surgeon discovers 27 contact lenses lodged in woman's eye

Surgeon discovers 27 contact lenses lodged in woman's eye

A "routine" cataract surgery uncovered almost 30 contact lenses stuck together in two separate chunks in a 67-year-old British woman's eye.

Morjaria says she and her colleagues were startled to find 17 contact lenses clumped together as they were injecting anesthesia into the woman's eye at Solihull Hospital, southeast of Birmingham.

The patient allegedly did not know that she was wearing that many lenses, despite using disposable lenses for the last 35 years.

'It was such a large mass.

TRAINEE OPHTHALMOLOGIST RUPAL MORJARIA, on the 27 contact lenses stuck in the patient's eye. "We were really surprised that the patient did not notice it because it would cause quite a lot of irritation while it was sitting there".

According to Dr. Morjaria, given the fact that they didn't know for how long had the lenses been there, if they continued the surgery then the patient would have had a lot of bacteria in her conjunctiva, increasing the risks of endophthalmitis, which is a awful inflammation of the eye.

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The doctors reportedly made a decision to publish the case in order to make the public aware of the consequences of wearing disposable contact lenses.

The case could have been caused by the patient's poorer vision in the right eye and her deep-set eyes, said the medical journal in its report.

Contact lenses, when kept in the eyes for too long or placed without cleaning, are prone to infections and other conditions. The surgery team was integrated by doctors with more than 20 years of experience. She brushed it off as something related to dry eyes and old age, she told surgeons afterward. She also admitted to not attending regular optometrist appointments.

Luckily for the woman, she appears to have been relatively unharmed by the contact lenses and says her eyes feel a lot better now they are out.

"Contact lenses are used all the time", said Morjaria.

Morjaria warned that it's important to have regular check-ups for those wearing contact lenses.

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