Doc­tors re­move 27 con­tact lenses from woman’s eye

Muscat Daily - - WORLD -

Birm­ing­ham, UK - See­ing wasn’t ex­actly be­liev­ing for oph­thal­mol­o­gists at Soli­hull Hos­pi­tal, near Birm­ing­ham, Eng­land.

Doc­tors ready­ing a 67 year old woman for cataract surgery in Novem­ber dis­cov­ered that a ‘blueish mass’ in one of her eyes was ac­tu­ally 17 con­tact lenses mashed to­gether, ac­cord­ing to a re­port pub­lished this month in the Bri­tish

Med­i­cal Jour­nal.

The woman, un­sur­pris­ingly, re­ported dis­com­fort in her peeper, but fig­ured it was be­cause of dry eye and old age, ac­cord­ing to Op­tom­e­try To­day.

As bad as it sounds to have 17 lenses stuck to­gether in your eye, spe­cial­ist trainee oph­thal­mol­o­gist Ru­pal Mor­jaria told the web­site that doc­tors even­tu­ally found an ad­di­tional ten in­di­vid­ual con­tact lenses in the same eye. All of the lenses were monthly dis­pos­able con­tacts that the woman had for­got­ten about, Op­tom­e­try To­day re­ported.

“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,” Mor­jaria said.

The cataract surgery was post­poned af­ter the dis­cov­ery to avoid in­creased risk of eye in­fec­tion due to the bac­te­ria around the pa­tient’s con­junc­tiva.

Amaz­ingly, there was no ob­vi­ous in­fec­tion in the eye. The woman had been wear­ing monthly dis­pos­able con­tact lenses for some 35 years, ac­cord­ing to NPR.com.

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