Doctors got the shock of their lives after a total of 27 contact lenses were found in a woman’s eye who just went to hospital for a routine cataract surgery.
A team of doctors didn’t see this coming after they operated on a 67-year-old woman in November last year.
Before the surgery began, doctors noticed a bluish foreign body in the woman’s eye, and found 17 old contact lenses stuck together. However, after further scrutiny, the doctors were in total shock after finding ten more contact lenses behind the woman’s eye.
Specialist trainee ophthalmologist, Rupal Morjaria, told Optometry Today that in the operating team’s more than 20 years of experience, this is the first time that they encountered such case.
“None of us have ever seen this before,” she said. “It was such a large mass. All the 17 contact lenses were stuck together. We were really surprised that the patient didn’t notice it because it would cause quite a lot of irritation while it was sitting there.”
Although the woman, who had been wearing contact lenses for 35 years, said that she noticed a bit of dryness and itching.
The woman admitted that she does not go for regular check ups and did not even notice that any lenses had gone missing.
Luckily, the woman had been unharmed by the contact lenses and says her eyes feel better now that they are gone.
Dr Morjaria published the case in the British Medical Journal and now hopes that it will lead to more awareness about proper contact lens care and eye health.
Optometry Australia encourages contact lens wearers to have eye examinations every 12 months to detect and correct any potential eye problems due to contact lens wear early. “Since a contact lens sits directly on the eye it increases the risk of complications such as eye infections. While serious complications of contact lens wear are rare, regular eye examinations are a good insurance policy. As technologies evolve every year, your optometrist may suggest you upgrade to the latest material or design,” an explanation in their website stated.