Doctors Remove 27 Contact Lenses Lodged In Woman’s Eye
Doctors removed 27 contact lenses from a womans eye
Don't forget to take out your contacts.
The INSIDER Summary:
- A woman had 27 old contact lenses stuck in her eye, according to a new case study published in the BMJ.
- Doctors noticed the old contacts when they were about to perform cataract surgery.
- The woman apparently had no idea there was something lodged in her eye.
Last November, a 67-year-old woman arrived at the UK's Solihull Hospital for a routine cataract surgery. Nothing seemed amiss until doctors found 27 contact lenses stuck inside her eye.
That's according to a new case report/nightmare scenario published in the BMJ on July 5. In what is perhaps the most terrifying, shudder-inducing single paragraph in all of medical history, the authors describe "a bluish foreign body" emerging from beneath the patient's upper eye lid as they administered anesthesia.
What was it? Only "17 contact lenses bound together by mucus," the report says. Upon further inspection, they found an additional 10 lenses that had also been left behind. The woman had worn monthly disposable lenses for 35 years, but apparently didn't dispose of each pair.
But by far the most astounding tidbit is the second sentence of the case report: "She had no previous ocular complaints." That means the woman had no idea that there was something — actually, 27 things — stuck inside her eye.
A closeup of a contact lens.
But she did notice an improvement after the old lenses were extracted.
"When she was seen two weeks after I removed the lenses she said her eyes felt a lot more comfortable," specialist trainee ophthalmologist Rupal Morjaria, one of the report's authors, told Optometry Today. "She thought her previous discomfort was just part of old age and dry eye."
The obvious moral of the story is to never forget to take out your contacts. The American Optometric Association notes that wearing lenses for longer than directed can cause serious complications, including loss of vision.
The other important lesson, the authors say, is that you shouldn't skip your yearly eye exams. "In this day and age, when it is so easy to purchase contact lenses online, people become lax about having regular check ups," Marjaria told Optometry Today. Consider this a slightly terrifying reminder that maybe it's time to schedule yours.
Video: Doctors find 27 contact lenses in woman's eye
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