Source – A “bluish mass” of 17 contact lenses has been discovered in the eye of a patient who was scheduled for cataract surgery.
The 67-year-old patient was unaware that the contact lenses were missing, and later told surgeons that she thought her discomfort was due to dry eye and old age.
Specialist trainee ophthalmologist, Rupal Morjaria, told OT that another 10 individual contact lenses were discovered in the woman’s eye following further examination at Solihull Hospital.
The operating team, which included an ophthalmologist with more than 20 years of experience, were startled by the discovery, Ms Morjaria explained.
“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.
The cataract surgery was postponed following the discovery due to an increased risk of endophthalmitis.
“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
The patient had been wearing monthly disposable contact lenses for the past 35 years but did not attend regular optometrist appointments.
Ms Morjaria said the patient did not report any symptoms linked 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.
There are red flags in regards to your age then there are 17 contact lenses in your eye red flags.
Not sure where this poor woman’s family has been over the past few years, but I’m guessing this isn’t the only issue she’s had over the past few years in regards to getting older.
“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.”
Are you fucking joking right now? Contacts are thick and noticeable, are you saying no one noticed the enormous eye bulge on the lady?
Meh. She’s alive and other than wasting money on contacts, she’s a fun story at dinner for her family when she’s dead which by the sound of it won’t be long.
“….turns out she had 17 contact lenses in her eyes!!! Bwahahahahaha”
A friend of mine said his dad once told him “The second I start going down hill push me in the pool.” Pretty sure this is what he was talking about.