Surgeon finds 27 missing contact lenses in woman's eye

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British doctors have spoken of their shock after discovering an extraordinary 27 missing contact lenses in the eye of a woman while preparing her for a cataract operation.

Morjaria said she hopes the episode, which occurred last winter, raises awareness for patients who wear contacts but might go long periods without getting an eye exam - perhaps because they order them online rather than in person.

She told Optometry Today, "It was such a large mass".

A woman came in with a "bluish foreign body" in her eye to undergo cataract surgery, and stunned doctors when the object turned out to be a mass of contact lenses.

'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'.

As a result of the freaky discovery the woman had her operation postponed due to the risk of developing endopthalmitis, inflammation of the interior of the eye gets increased.

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The case took place in November previous year but has come to light in the "British Medical Journal" only this week. The woman was under the illusion that the discomfort was due to dry eye and old age.

In their 20 years of experience in the field, the operating team at Solihull Hospital said this was the first case of its kind. The woman did not report any symptoms in an assessment prior to surgery.

She wanted a simple cataract removal surgery but as she visited the doctor, she received the shock of her life. Care should be taken while wearing contact lenses.

Ophthalmologist found in the eye of the British pensioner 27 lenses that she had forgotten to remove.

Both optometrists and ophthalmologists stressed the importance of having regular check-ups with professionals. Contact lenses are used constantly, but if the follow-up is not appropriate, we see people who get eye infections severe, which may even make them lose the view.

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