Woman found with 27 contact lenses lodged in one eye

A woman whose contacts had been disappearing learned the ugly truth after a doctor’s visit

But to her shock and that of eye doctors, it was revealed that 27 contact lenses were found lodged in the patient's eye.

United Kingdom opthamologist Rupal Morjaria told Optometry Today that in November, she and an operating team discovered a "bluish mass" of 17 contact lenses stuck together inside the woman's eye.

Medical staff said they were startled by the rare find, with the 67-year-old patient said to have been oblivious to the "blueish mass" of lenses found in her eye.

The patient reportedly had not visited the eye doctor for a span of 35 years while she was wearing monthly contact lenses. Rupal told 'Optometry Today", "None of us had ever seen this before.

"She has poorer vision in the right eye and deep set eyes, which might have contributed to the unusually large number of retained foreign bodies", she wrote. Part of their surprise, she said, was because the patient hadn't complained of any irritation.

She added that she hopes this situation will serve as a lesson, according to Optometry Today, since so many people often avoid undergoing routine eye examinations now that contact lenses can easily be ordered online.

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Immediately, they postponed the pending surgery. She chalked up her eye discomfort to old age and dry eye.

A further 10 contact lenses were found after the woman's eye was examined under a microscope, according to the British Medical Journal, which published details about the November 2016 case earlier this month.

Association of Optometrists spokeswoman Ceri Smith-Jaynes said losing contact lenses in the eye was a common problem but they usually worked their way out.

Wearing contacts lenses for too long can cause corneal damage. All the 17 contact lenses were stuck together.

"... This case highlights the importance of appropriate candidate selection and monitoring of contact lens wearers".

To remove the lens you should first wash your hand carefully and relax the eyelid and see if you can feel the lens through the eyelid.

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