DOCTOR FINDS 27 CONTACT LENSES IN WOMAN’S EYE
A brief write-up in the British Medical Journal claims that doctors found 27 contact lenses in a 67-year-old patient’s eye when she was being prepped for surgery at England’s Solihull Hospital.
The piece was authored by Rupal Morjaria, a specialist trainee ophthalmologist; Richard Crombie, a consultant anesthesiologist; and Amit Patel, a consultant ophthalmologist.
The lenses were clumped together in a “blueish mass” and were “bound together by mucus,” according to the journal.
“She was quite shocked,” Morjaria, who worked on the patient, told Optometry Today. “When she was seen two weeks after I removed the lenses, she said her eyes felt a lot more comfortable.”
The patient, though, wasn’t the only person who was shocked.
“None of us have ever seen this before,” Morjaria said. In fact, she chose to publish the case because most doctors didn’t think it was possible for someone to lose so many contact lenses in their eyes without suffering from severe symptoms.
The patient had worn monthly contact lenses for 35 years, and she rarely visited the eye doctor during those years. But she had cataracts, so last November, doctors were injecting anesthesia into her eyes for surgery when they paused, surprised by the bizarre discovery.
“We were really surprised that the patient didn’t notice it,” Morjaria said.