Cataract Patient Had 27 Missing Contact Lenses In One Eye

Audrey Hill
July 18, 2017

The operating team that included ophthalmologists with more than 20 years of experience had never made such an eye-opening finding.

A cautionary tale for all of you contact lens wearers about the importance of regular eye exams.

As per reports, such a large number of contact lenses in her eye were most probably because of the disposable contact lenses that she had been using. Morjaria explained that the patient "would have had a lot of bacteria around her conjunctive" if they perform the operation because the contact lenses were in her eye for an unknown period of time.

It still remains uncertain how long the contacts had been in her eye.

Said Ms Morjaria about the patient: "When she was seen two weeks after I removed the lenses she said her eyes felt a lot more comfortable".

Last November, a 67-year-old woman arrived at the UK's Solihull Hospital for a routine cataract surgery.

The lenses were clumped together in a "bluish mass" and "bound together by mucus", according to the Washington Post.

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Specialist trainee ophthalmologist Rupal Morjaria said at first a mass of 17 contact lenses were found, before another 10 were discovered on further examination.

However, the weird and eye popping story was just detailed in the British Medical Journal.

Morjaria said that neither she nor any of the other doctors involved in the case had seen such a case before. The woman did not complain of irritation and thought the discomfort was due to dry eyes and getting old. As well, she said that she didn't attend to regular optometrist appointments.

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. She claimed that she was unaware that the lenses were missing.

Prior to her complaints ahead of the planned cataract surgery, the patient did not have any known symptoms associated with the contact lenses.

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