Indian-origin doctor finds 27 contact lenses in woman's eye in UK

Faith Castro
July 17, 2017

In a freaky medical case, a British woman somehow had more than two dozen contact lenses in one eye but didn't realize it.

The case was originally published in the British Medical Journal.

A 67-year-old woman from United Kingdom stunned doctors after they found 27 contact lenses stuck in her one eye while preparing her for a cataract surgery.

However she was unaware they were there until the lenses were discovered by a trainee ophthalmologist.

"None of us have ever seen this before", Rupal Morjaria told Optometry Today.

Woman 35 years of wearing lenses instead of glasses. Part of their surprise, she said, was because the patient hadn't complained of any irritation.

Morjaria told OT that another 10 individual contact lenses were discovered in the woman's eye following further examination at Solihull Hospital.

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"She has poorer vision in the right eye and deep set eyes, which might have contributed to the unusually large number of retained foreign bodies", she wrote.

According to the publication, ophthalmologists, which were to remove cataracts the woman, admitted that none of them over the years, the practice has not encountered such a thing.

Due to the unexpected discovery of the lenses, the woman's cataract surgery was postponed, as doctors wanted to avoid the risk of endophthalmitis.

The woman went in for cataract surgery, and the operating team found a "bluish mass" of 17 contact lenses, all stuck together. Instead, she had put down her discomfort to dry eyes and ageing, Morjaria said. Dr. Morjaria said, "She was quite shocked".

Experts believe that there's a lesson to be learned in the "27 contact lens" patient's case - people should not take optometrist appointments for granted. Care should be taken while wearing contact lenses.

"Contact lenses are used all the time, but if they are not appropriately monitored we see people with serious eye infections that can cause them to lose their sight", stressed Morjaria.

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