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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.

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