Sat. Feb 4th, 2023
Woman undergoes cataract surgery, 27 contact lenses are removed from her eye

Sometimes there’s more to age than meets the eye — sometimes it has 27 contact lenses stuck in it, according to a case study published this month in the British medical journal.

A 67-year-old British woman, complaining of discomfort and dry eyes, was due to undergo routine surgery to remove cataracts last November when doctors discovered a “bluish mass” of 17 disposable contact lenses in one of her eyes. Upon further investigation, they fished out 10 more, the case study shows.

Doctors were shocked, according to Rupal Morjaria, a specialist ophthalmologist-in-training about the case Optometry today. “None of us have ever seen this before,” she said. “It was such a big crowd. All 17 contact lenses were stuck together. We were really surprised that the patient didn’t notice it because it would cause quite a bit of irritation while it was sitting there.”

It is unclear how long the contact lenses were in or over what period of time they accumulated. But she told the doctors that she had been using the monthly lenses for 35 years and had not had frequent eye exams in that time.

The woman, who was equally shocked by the discovery, said she felt much more comfortable after the lenses were removed, Morjaria reported.

Morjaria and colleagues decided to publicize the case to warn other doctors that so many stuck lenses could go unnoticed by a patient — something doctors had assumed would cause far too much irritation to ignore. Over time, those stuck lenses can collect bacteria and cause an infection, they warned.

“Contact lenses are used all the time, but if they are not monitored properly, we see people with serious eye infections that can cause them to lose their sight,” Morjaria said.

Although the woman did not show any infection in this case, she did have a lot of bacteria in her eye from the contact lumps. Her cataract surgery was postponed allowing the bacteria to disappear.

BMJ2017. DOI: 10.1136/bmj.j2783 (About DOIs).

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