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Doctors find 27 contact lenses in woman's eye

Doctors find 27 contact lenses in woman's eye

Details of the case, which occurred in November previous year at Solihull Hospital, West Midlands, were recently outlined in the British Medical Journal (BMJ).

Ophthalmologist Rupal Morjaria, who practices at the Solihull Hospital in the United Kingdom, went in for what should've been a routine cataract surgery on a 67-year-old woman and got a little more than she bargained for.

Ophthalmologist found in the eye of the British pensioner 27 lenses that she had forgotten to remove. It was such a large mass. She didn't have "regular optometrist appointments" and did not report symptoms in relation to the lenses.

The patient allegedly did not know that she was wearing that many lenses, despite using disposable lenses for the last 35 years.

"Patients do sometimes present with a contact lens stuck under their upper eyelid, particularly if they are new to contact lens wear, or have problems with dexterity, but finding this many lenses stuck in someone's eye is exceedingly rare", said Leonard.

According to Solihull Hospital (U.K.) specialist trainee ophthalmologist Rupal Morjaria, there were another 10 individual lenses later found in the patient's eye, resulting in a total 27 contact lenses.

They were causing her discomfort, but the woman had thought it was caused by dry eye and old age, reported The Telegraph.

The woman went in for cataract surgery, and the operating team found a "bluish mass" of 17 contact lenses, all stuck together. "She had poorer vision in the right eye and deep set eyes, which might have contributed to the unusually large number of retained foreign bodies", the article said.

Unfortunately for the pensioner her cataract operation had to be postponed following the surprising discovery.

"None of us have ever seen this before". Dr. Morjaria said, "She was quite shocked". Care should be taken while wearing contact lenses. When she was seen two weeks after I removed the lenses she said her eyes felt a lot more comfortable.