Surgeon discovers 27 contact lenses lodged in woman's eye


British doctors have spoken of their shock after discovering an extraordinary 27 missing contact lenses in the eye of a woman while preparing her for a cataract operation. The patient complained of discomfort in her eye and simply blamed it on old age and dry eye.

Morjaria said she hopes the incident will raise awareness among those who wear contact lenses to get an eye exam more frequently, and in person.

It does bear mentioning, however, that the case took place in November 2016, but had only been publicized in recent days, after doctors published their findings in the British Medical Journal earlier this week, some eight months after the discovery.

Outside of that one single glob of contact lenses, there were ten other lenses in the woman's eye.

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'It was such a large mass. It was in reality a cluster of 17 lenses, agglutinated by the mucus.

"We were really surprised the patient didn't notice it because they would cause quite a lot of irritation while sitting there", she said.

Rupal Morjaria, specialist trainee ophthalmologist, said, "She was quite shocked".

When they were performing the surgery and saw the lenses, they preferred to remove them all and stop there, postponing the cataract procedure because of a great risk of infection.

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The operating team, which included an ophthalmologist with more than 20 years of experience, were startled by the discovery, she explained. The woman also reported that she had not been regularly seeing an optometrist.

"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", said Morjaria.

Dr. Morjaria pointed out that people use lenses all day long and they don't monitor their deterioration.

Experts believe that there's a lesson to be learned in the "27 contact lens" patient's case - people should not take optometrist appointments for granted.

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Morjaria reiterated that patients with contact lenses of any type should regularly visit eye doctors.