Doc­tors find 27 con­tact lenses in woman’s eye

The Hamilton Spectator - - CANADA & WORLD -

Doc­tors in­tend­ing to per­form cataract surgery on a 67-year-old woman in Britain found some­thing rather un­ex­pected: 17 con­tact lenses mashed to­gether in her right eye. In a case re­port pub­lished Mon­day in the jour­nal BMJ, the doc­tors said that the woman had worn monthly dis­pos­able con­tact lenses for 35 years; she had “deep set eyes” and poorer vi­sion in that eye, which they said might have contributed to a fail­ure to re­move some of the lenses. The doc­tors said the 17 lenses were bound to­gether by mu­cus. A fur­ther 10 were found by the sur­geon us­ing a mi­cro­scope. Ru­pal Mor­jaria, a spe­cial­ist trainee in oph­thal­mol­ogy, said the “large mass” would have caused quite a lot of ir­ri­ta­tion. The pa­tient had chalked it up to old age and dry eye, Mor­jaria said.

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