Doctors Pull 27 Contact Lenses From Woman's Eye

Henrietta Strickland
July 17, 2017

Ophthalmologists in England made a shocking discovery while trying to operate on a patient last year-the woman had 27 contact lenses still in her eye.

"When we review 2 weeks later, she recognized feel much less discomfort", says Dr. Morjaria, who attributes the loss of these lenses to a more low from the right eye and sunken eyes.

Later, 10 more lens were found in the eye of the 67-year-old woman.

Ms. Morjaria said in Optometry Today, "None of us have ever seen this before," she said".

She told Optometry Today: "It was such a large mass".

What was it? Oh, only 17 old contact lenses stuck together. She explained, "If they are not appropriately monitored we see people with serious eye infections that can cause them to lose their sight".

As a result of the findings, the woman, who said she was unaware that the lenses were missing, had her operation postponed as the risk of developing endophthalmitis, inflammation of the interior of the eye, was increased.

In an article in the journal, doctors said the patient had worn monthly disposable lenses for 35 years. She thought that the discomfort she's being feeling is just a part of old age.

Details of the case, which occurred in November a year ago at Solihull Hospital, West Midlands, were recently outlined in the British Medical Journal (BMJ). Morjaria added that this was quite the shock to the operating team, which had one doctor with over two decades of experience in the field.

Morjaria said she decided to make the case public to raise awareness of the importance of regular check-ups with optometrists.

"Contact lenses are used all the time", said Morjaria. She didn't have "regular optometrist appointments" and did not report symptoms in relation to the lenses. Contact lenses have also been reported to be the reason behind infections and sometimes the cause behind people losing their eyesight.

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