A woman and her doctor were both shocked to discover nearly 30 contact lenses stuck together in the woman’s eye when she went in for routine cataract surgery.
Reported by the British Medical Journal, the 67-year-old woman had been experiencing a “blueish mass” that was simply written off as dry eye or old age. However, when the doctors went to perform cataract surgery at Solihull Hospital in England they discovered the mass wasn’t cataracts at all.
The lenses were discovered in two clumps, Rupal Morjaria, a specialist trainee of ophthalmology, told Optometry Today. The first clump found contained 17 lenses while a second set of 10 was found on the same eye as the examination continued.
“None of us have ever seen this before,” Morjaria said. “It was such a large mass. All of the 17 contact lenses were stuck together. 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.”
The woman, whose surgery had to be postponed following the discovery, told doctors that she had been wearing monthly disposable contact lenses for over 35 years, but didn’t report missing lenses during her pre-operative. The woman also reported that she had not been regularly seeing an optometrist.
Contact lenses do sometimes become stuck under the upper eyelid, but would generally lead to discomfort and redness. Morjaria said that any patient who wears contact lenses of any type need to regularly visit eye doctors to prevent issues.
“In this day and age, when it is so easy to purchase contact lenses online, people become lax about having regular checkups,” she said. “Contact lenses are used all the time, but if they are not appropriately monitored we see people with serious eye infections that can cause them to lose their sight.”
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