IMPOSSIBLE BUT TRUE: 27 Missing Contact Lenses Accidentally Found Worn By A Patient in UK.

According to the website of Optometry Today, A 'bluish mass' of 17 contact lenses has been discovered in the eye of the patient who was scheduled for cataract surgery. 

It was said that the 67-year-old patient was unaware that the contact lenses were missing, and later told that she thought her discomfort was due to dry eye and old age. 

Specialist trainee ophthalmologist, Rupal Morjaria, told them, that another 10 individual contact lenses were discovered in the woman's eye following further examination at Solihull Hospital. 

The operating team where shocked by the discovery, Ms Morjaria explained. The team includes an ophtalmologist of more than 20 years of experience. 

“None of us have ever seen this before,” she added.

“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,” Ms Morjaria elaborated.

Due to an increased risk of endophtalmilitis, the cataract surgery was postponed following the discovery. 

“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,” Ms Morjaria.

Ms. Morjaria said that the patient did not report any signs and symptoms related to the missing lenses in her pre-operative assessment. 

“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,” Ms Morjaria shared.

The patient did not attend regular optometrist appointments but had been wearing monthly disposable contact lenses for the past 35 years.

Ms. Morjaria told the Optometry today that the decision of her to make the case public is because the clinicians involved had previously not believed it was possible to retain so many contact lenses without being symptomatic. 

Ms. Morjaria emphasized that this report is also for public awareness. 

“Patients do sometimes present with a contact lens stuck under their upper eyelid, particularly if they are new to contact lens wear, or have problems with dexterity, but finding this many lenses stuck in someone’s eye is exceedingly rare,” Mr Leonard shared.

He added: “Most patients would experience significant discomfort and redness, and be at risk of eye infections.”

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