UK surgeon finds 27 lost contact lenses behind woman’s eye

A British surgeon had to remove 27 contact lenses from a woman’s eye after they got lost.

The 67-year-old patient was apparently unaware that she had lost her lenses, blaming the discomfort and dryness of aging.

However, when trainee specialist ophthalmologist Rupal Morjaria took a look at the woman’s cataract operation last November, she found a “bluish mass” of 17 contacts.

Upon closer inspection, she then encountered 10 more lenses during the inspection at Solihull Hospital.

The woman had worn monthly disposables for 35 years, but did not have her eyes checked regularly.

Credit: Rupal Morjaria

Speaking to Optometry Today, Ms. Morjaria said: “None of us have ever seen this before.

“It was such a large mass. All 17 contact lenses were stuck together.

“We were really surprised the patient didn’t notice it as it would cause a lot of irritation while he was sitting there.”

As a result of this bizarre discovery, the woman’s surgery was delayed due to concerns about a potential infection.

“Because she had kept these contact lenses in her eyes for an unknown length of time, if we had operated she would have had a lot of bacteria around her conjunctiva,” Ms. Morjaria added.

Despite her discomfort, the woman did not mention anything about the missing lenses in her preoperative assessment.

And Ms Morjaria said the woman was “quite shocked” when she learned of the discovery.

She said: “When she was seen two weeks after removing the lenses, she said her eyes felt much more comfortable.

Credit: Rupal Morjaria
Credit: Rupal Morjaria

“She thought her previous discomfort was just part of old age and dry eyes.”

Part of the reason it was made public was to educate people about the importance of attending regular exams.

Ms. Morjaria said: “These days when it is so easy to buy contact lenses online, people are becoming lax about regular check-ups.”

“Contact lenses are used all the time, but if they are not supervised properly, we see people with serious eye infections that can cause them to lose their sight.”

Association of Optometrists Clinical and Regulatory Officer Henry Leonard said cases like this are “extremely rare.”

He added: “Patients sometimes present with a contact lens stuck under their upper eyelid, especially if they are new to wearing contact lenses or have issues with dexterity, but find so many lenses stuck in the lids. someone’s eye is extremely rare. “

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