Surgeon finds 27 missing contact lenses in woman’s eye
Optometry Today published a story last week detailing an account of a woman who had 27 – yes – 27 missing contacts removed from her eye.
The “blueish mass” would have to be removed from the 67-year-old patient, who was unaware that they were missing.
An optometrist, Rupal Morjaria was quoted, saying “None of us has ever seen this before.”
“It was such a large mass. All the…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,” Morjaria elaborated.
“Because she had harboured these contact lenses in her eye for an unknown length of time, if we had operated she would have had a lot of bacteria around her conjunctiva,”
OT reports the patient didn’t report any symptoms but did complain of regular eye irritation which she attributed to being dry. She had been wearing contacts for 35 years.
“She was quite shocked. When she was seen two weeks after I removed the lenses she said her eyes felt a lot more comfortable. She thought her previous discomfort was just part of old age and dry eye,” Morjaria shared.