Indian-origin doctor finds 27 contact lenses in woman's eye in UK

Ebony Scott
July 17, 2017

It wasn't old age, or disease: A "bluish foreign body" that was found in an English woman's eye turned out to be a mass of contact lenses, surprising medical staff who were preparing the woman, 65, for routine cataract surgery.

The doctor said she discovered a "blueish mass" of 17 lenses "bound together by mucus" before finding a further 10 contact lenses when she examined her under the microscope. "All the 17 contact lenses were stuck together", she said.

As a result of the freaky discovery the woman had her operation postponed due to the risk of developing endopthalmitis, inflammation of the interior of the eye gets increased.

The doctor added, "When she was seen two weeks after I removed the lenses she said her eyes felt a lot more comfortable".

Contact lenses, when kept in the eyes for too long or placed without cleaning, are prone to infections and other conditions.

In their 20 years of experience in the field, the operating team at Solihull Hospital said this was the first case of its kind.

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"She was quite shocked", specialist trainee ophthalmologist Rupal Morjaria tells Britain's Optometry Today.

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

Both optometrists and ophthalmologists stressed the importance of having regular check-ups with professionals. Care should be taken while wearing contact lenses.

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

Morjaria believes that the main takeaway of this case, where a patient has as many as 27 contact lenses stuck in one eye alone, is that it's important for people not to be lax about optometrist appointments.

"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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