27 contact lenses found in woman's eye

Amos Gonzales
July 17, 2017

According to the BMJ, the case itself occurred back in November, when a 67-year-old woman went to the doctor for a "routine" eye surgery, Rupal Morjaria wrote.

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 had reported no symptoms about the missing lenses during pre-operative test and Morjaria and her team said they decided to make this case public because they'd previously believed it was not possible to retain such a large number of contact lenses in one's eye without having any symptoms or noticeable irritation.

She said: "It was such a large mass". We were astounded to see that the patient had not felt, because it has cause a good number of irritations as it was in place.

She had been wearing monthly disposable lenses for 35 years. She added that this should also serve as a red light to optometrists, as the mass of contact lenses did not produce a noticeable infection.

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The case, which was published July 5 in the British Medical Journal, has made global headlines after the ophthalmologist responsible for extracting the stack of contacts spoke to the media recently.

After the finding, her cataract operation was postponed. Dr. Morjaria said, "She was quite shocked". The woman had not reported any symptoms in a physical assessment done prior to surgery.

Morjaria said she decided to make the case public to raise awareness of the importance of regular check-ups with optometrists. This is why even the FDA recommends that in order to allow the eye to take oxygen, even the long-term contact lenses should ideally be removed overnight at least once a week. She did feel discomfort but thought it was part of her cataracts and due to her age.

"In this day and age, when it is so easy to purchase contact lenses online, people become lax about having regular check ups", she said.

"None of us have ever seen this before".

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