Doctors find 27 contact lenses in a woman’s eye
A scheduled routine cataract surgery leads to a bizarre discovery in the right eye of a 67 year old woman after complaints of ‘discomfort’.
The woman explained to the surgeon that she thought dry eye was the cause of her irritation, when in fact the true cause was a total of 27 contact lenses lost in her eye.
Richard Crombie, a consultant anesthetist at the hospital, began numbing the patient’s eye to prep for surgery when he noticed the first clump of contacts.
“He put a speculum into the eye to hold the eye open as he put the anesthetic in, and he noticed a blue mass under the top eyelid,” Rupal Morjaria, a specialist trainee in ophthalmology told CNN.
That ‘blue mass’ was a clump of 17 lenses. An additional 10 were found in another examination.
For 35 years the women had been wearing disposable contact lenses, but it is undetermined how long they have been gathering in her eye. Sometimes, she told the surgeons, when she would try to remove a contact from that eye, she couldn’t find it.
And all 27 lenses were accumulated in her right eye, leaving her left eye completely fine. Morjaria said the right eye had poorer vision, which might explain the imbalance.
Morjaria, along with other authors of the article, want to raise awareness of the possible consequences of wearing contacts without scheduling regular eye appointments.