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Doctors found 27 contact lenses in a woman’s eye


Doctors discovered 27 contact lenses in a woman’s eye during a recent incident in the U.K., according to our affiliate WJLA.

CNN reported Monday that the 67-year-old woman scheduled routine cataract surgery last November, believing her old age was causing discomfort and dryness in right eye.

Doctors at Solihull Hospital, however, reportedly discovered 27 contact lenses lodged in the woman’s eye in a “blue mass.”

A consultant anesthetist at Solihull first noticed a mass of 17 lenses, according to CNN, and the other 10 were found in a second investigation.

Some Twitter users on Monday voiced disgust over the incident, which apparently happened to a woman who said she had worn disposable contact lenses for 35 years.

The unusual incident was first described by The BMJ in an article published earlier this month called “Retained contact lenses.”

Rupal Morjaria, the original paper’s author, said the woman had not complained of any visual difficulties before her scheduled operation last November.

“We were all shocked,” said Morjaria, a specialist trainee in ophthalmology, of the discovery. “We’ve never come across this.”

The woman reportedly told surgeons last year that she sometimes could not find contact lenses she had placed in her right eye.

Morjaria explained that the woman believed they had dropped out but in reality they had gotten stuck in her eye instead.

The woman’s left eye was unaffected, he added, and her right eye’s poorer vision may account for the imbalance.

Dr. Thomas L. Steinemann, a clinical spokesman for the American Academy of Ophthalmology, said he had never encountered a patient with so many lenses in one eye.

“This is one for the record books, as a far as I could tell,” he said, noting warning signs for a trapped lens include light sensitivity, redness and sharp or scratchy pain.

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