Woman found with 27 contact lenses lodged in one eye

This clump of 17 contacts was found in one patient's eye. Another 10 were pulled out later

This clump of 17 contacts was found in one patient's eye. Another 10 were pulled out later

But to her shock and that of eye doctors, it was revealed that 27 contact lenses were found lodged in the patient's eye.

She 67-year-old patient later said that he had written off itching in the eye.

Dr Morjaria published the case in the British Medical Journal and hopes that it will lead to more awareness about proper contact lens care and eye health.

The woman had been wearing contact lenses for the past 35 years, but did not get regular check ups.

Because the lenses were behind the woman's eye for so long, it meant a large amount of bacteria had built up around her conjunctiva.

She said: "It was such a large mass".

Surgeons found 27 contact lenses lodged in a woman's eye. However, when the doctors went to perform cataract surgery at Solihull Hospital in England they discovered the mass wasn't cataracts at all. The operating team that included ophthalmologists with more than 20 years of experience had never made such an eye-opening finding.

She said: "She was quite shocked".

Surprisingly, the patient had not reported any symptoms of the missing contact lenses.

As soon as the lenses were recovered, the cataract surgery was postponed, as it increased the risk of endophthalmitis, which causes serious inflammation of the eye.

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

Luckily for the woman, she appears to have been relatively unharmed by the contact lenses and says her eyes feel a lot better now they are out.

The ophthalmologist british took advantage of the media coverage of this unusual case to remind the importance of follow-up in people who wear contact lenses. This is why even the FDA recommends that in order to allow the eye to take oxygen, even the long-term contact lenses should ideally be removed overnight at least once a week.

"None of us have ever seen this before".

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