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Surgeon finds 27 missing contact lenses in woman’s eye

Some of the specimens found in the patient’s eye.  Picture: Rupal Morjaria
Some of the specimens found in the patient’s eye. Picture: Rupal Morjaria

THIS is the kind of story that leaves glasses-wearers feeling good about their decision, and contact-wearers rocking in silent horror in the corner.

Optometry Today reports that in November last year, a 67-year-old woman  went to hospital for a routine cataract surgery.  However, before the surgery began, a bluish foreign body was spotted by the doctors.

What was it? Oh, only 17 old contact lenses stuck together.

Further investigation by the doctors revealed a further 10 contact lenses behind then woman's eye. How?! Why?!

Specialist trainee ophthalmologist, Rupal Morjaria, told Optometry Today that the operating team had more than 20 years of experience and were shocked at the discovery.

"None of us have ever seen this before," she said. "It was such a large mass. All 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 had been wearing contact lenses for the past 35 years, but did not get regular check ups.

She said that she had noticed a bit of dryness and itching, but had not even noticed that any lenses had gone missing.

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.

Dr Morjaria published the case in the British Medical Journal and hopes that it will lead to more awareness about proper contact lens care and eye health.

Optometry Australia encourages contact lens wearers to have eye examinations every 12 months  to detect and correct any potential eye problems due to contact lens wear early.

On their site they explain: "Since a contact lens sits directly on the eye it increases the risk of complications such as eye infections.

"While serious complications of contact lens wear are rare, regular eye examinations are a good insurance policy. As technologies evolve every year, your optometrist may suggest you upgrade to the latest material or design."

This article originally appeared on Kidspot and has been republished here with permission.

 

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