The British Medical Journal has reported that doctors made a bizarre discovery whilst prepping a 67-year-old woman for surgery.
They found 27 contact lenses inside her eye!
All of the lenses were stuck together “blueish mass” and were “bound together by mucus,” according to the article, which was authored by Rupal Morjaria, a specialist trainee ophthalmologist, Richard Crombie, a consultant anesthesiologist and Amit Patel, a consultant ophthalmologist.
“She was quite shocked,” Dr Morjaria, who worked on the patient, told Optometry Today. “When she was seen two weeks after I removed the lenses she said her eyes felt a lot more comfortable.”
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“None of us have ever seen this before,” Dr Morjaria said. In fact, she chose to publish the case because most doctors didn’t think it would be possible for such a thing to happen or to lose so many contact lenses in one’s eyes without suffering from severe symptoms.
Doctors were also confused by how the lenses got there.
Immediately, they postponed the pending surgery.
“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”, Dr Morjaria said.
Dr Morjaria hopes that contact lens wearers who see the story will take a little more caution.
“In this day and age, when it is so easy to purchase contact lenses online, people become lax about having regular check ups,” she said. “Contact lenses are used all the time, but if they are not appropriately monitored we see people with serious eye infections that can cause them to lose their sight.”
The story broke online, and some users failed to believe that this could be real, with one user stating “Still wondering how? I’ve accidentally put 2 in same eye, (2 hrs sleep, don’t judge), you notice immediately. the crazy vision alone.”
— The Ophthalmologist (@OphthoMag) July 17, 2017
We can’t believe this happened! Have you ever had a contact lenses accident?