Published: Mon, July 17, 2017
Medicine | By Earnest Bishop

Doctors find 27 contact lenses in woman's eye

Doctors find 27 contact lenses in woman's eye

A woman came in with a "bluish foreign body" in her eye to undergo cataract surgery, and stunned doctors when the object turned out to be a mass of contact lenses.

The case, which took place last November, was published in the British Medical Journal.

The warning was issued by a surgeon who removed an eye-watering 27 contact lenses from one woman's eyes - disposable ones she had forgotten about.

The doctor says the case highlights how important it is to monitor people with contact lenses.

'It was such a large mass.

Prior to her complaints ahead of the planned cataract surgery, the patient did not have any known symptoms associated with the contact lenses. "Today, while it is easier to order contact lenses online, the patients are far more lax about the monitoring visits, she said".

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She was unaware they were there until they were discovered by a trainee ophthalmologist at Solihull Hospital near Birmingham, UK.

Contact lenses, when kept in the eyes for too long or placed without cleaning, are prone to infections and other conditions.

According to the publication, ophthalmologists, which were to remove cataracts the woman, admitted that none of them over the years, the practice has not encountered such a thing. Dr. Morjaria said, "She was quite shocked".

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 bad inflammation of the eye. She did mention that there was "some discomfort" but thought that it was due to old age and dry eyes.

Morjaria said she decided to make the case public to raise awareness of the importance of regular check-ups with optometrists. Care should be taken while wearing contact lenses.

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