Wow! Surgeon finds 27 contact lenses in woman's eye

UK surgeon finds 27 missing contact lenses in woman's eye

Ophthalmologists in England made a shocking discovery while trying to operate on a patient a year ago.

In an article in the journal, doctors said the patient had worn monthly disposable lenses for 35 years. She didn't know the contacts were missing, according to Optometry Today.

Doctors in United Kingdom found 27 contact lenses stacked in a 67 year old woman's eye while they were preparing her for cataract surgery.

CBS Local- A routine cataract surgery turned out to be anything but normal, as doctors pulled 27 contact lenses from a woman's eye. It isn't immediately obvious why this patient was so asymptomatic, but it may have had something to do with her "deep set eyes", according to the BMJ report.

The lenses were reportedly clumped and "bound together by mucus".

The lenses, which were found by a group of surgeons including trainee ophthalmologist Rupal Morjaria, were described as a "bluish mass" in her 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.

Morjaria said that neither she nor any of the other doctors involved in the case had seen such a case before.

Morjaria warned that it's important to have regular check-ups for those wearing contact lenses.

The American Academy of Ophthalmology said Keratitis is the most common infection from wearing contact lenses, when the cornea - the clear, front window of the eye - becomes infected. That means the woman had no idea that there was something - actually, 27 things - stuck inside her eye.

She told specialists she felt "a lot more comfortable" after the lenses were removed.

Below, North gives some basic tips on how to ensure you are safely using contact lenses.

After the finding, her cataract operation was postponed. The woman had not reported any symptoms in a physical assessment done prior to surgery. Contact lenses are used constantly, but if the follow-up is not appropriate, we see people who get eye infections severe, which may even make them lose the view.

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