Of surgeons found 27 lenses in the eye of a patient

Modesto Morganelli
Luglio 17, 2017

Like removing your makeup before going to bed or drinking water throughout the day, taking out your contact lenses should be a part of any lens-wearer's daily routine.

It does bear mentioning, however, that the case took place in November 2016, but had only been publicized in recent days, after doctors published their findings in the British Medical Journal earlier this week, some eight months after the discovery.

A woman was found with 27 contact lenses lodged in her eye.

Ophthalmologist found in the eye of the British pensioner 27 lenses that she had forgotten to remove.

'It was such a large mass. The woman had not reported any symptoms in a physical assessment done prior to surgery.

Speaking to Optometry Today, Dr. Morjaria said the operating surgeons had never seen anything like it in their lives before.

'We were really surprised that the patient didn't notice it because it would cause quite a lot of irritation while it was sitting there'.

According to Morjaria, after the lenses were removed, the patient said "her eyes felt a lot more comfortable".

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. However, when the doctors went to perform cataract surgery at Solihull Hospital in England they discovered the mass wasn't cataracts at all.

This highlights the importance of selecting appropriate patients for the use of contact lenses and monitoring contact lens wearers, it added.

She wanted a simple cataract removal surgery but as she visited the doctor, she received the shock of her life.

The patient did not report any problems due to the presence of so many lenses in her eyes. Care should be taken while wearing contact lenses.

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. She also admitted to not attending regular optometrist appointments.

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