February 23, 2018

Doctors find 27 contact lenses in woman's eye

17 July 2017, 03:17 | Winifred Adams

The case took place in November last year but has come to light in the ‘British Medical Journal’ only this week

The case took place in November last year but has come to light in the ‘British Medical Journal’ only this week

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 team later found 10 more lenses in other parts of the eye.

"None of us has ever seen this before", specialist trainee ophthalmologist, Rupal Morjaria, told Optometry Today.

She told Optometry Today, "It was such a large mass".

Surgeons found 27 contact lenses lodged in a woman's eye.

After the discovery, Morjaria said the patient's cataract surgery had to be postponed as it might risk inflammation and that she would have had a lot of bacteria around her conjunctiva. Morjaria added that this was quite the shock to the operating team, which had one doctor with over two decades of experience in the field.

She had been wearing monthly disposable lenses for 35 years. The woman was under the illusion that the discomfort was due to dry eye and old age.

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Rupal Morjaria, specialist trainee ophthalmologist who dealt with the case at Solihull Hospital in the United Kingdom said that "none of us have ever seen this before".

Whether you're a casual contact lens wearer or never go without them, you'll know all too well the agony that accompanies the moment your lens decides to go walk the back of your eye.

A unusual blueish mesh was discovered by the doctors in the woman's eye who had actually come for cataract operation. 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.

The UK's Association of Optometrists offers these quick tips for avoiding infection when wearing contact lenses.

Both optometrists and ophthalmologists stressed the importance of having regular check-ups with professionals. Contact lenses have also been reported to be the reason behind infections and sometimes the cause behind people losing their eyesight.

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