Doctors find 27 contacts in woman’s eye after she goes in for cataract surgery

I hate my contacts. I only wear them when exercising because I’m afraid of breaking my glasses, and even then having them in for more than an hour drives me crazy. They dry up my eyes and frequently blink out even after I spend 10 minutes trying to get them seated right, but the absolute worst is when they move out of position and float up under the eyelid. I have nightmares about them sliding behind my eyeball and getting wedged up against my brain. I’m not sure if that’s how anatomy works, but it just freaks me out okay?

So this story about a woman who went in to the optometrist for routine eye surgery only for the doctors to find 27 goddamn contact lenses wedged in her eye socket is really giving me a hard time. The woman, a 67-year-old who was not named by England’s Solihull Hospital, said she had experienced some mild discomfort, but believed it was “just part of old age and dry eye.”

But when surgeon Rupal Morjaria started looking at the patient’s eye, she noticed a strange bluish blob which turned out to be 17 contact lenses which had fused together under her eyelid. Further examination revealed another 10 lenses in the same eye. “None of us have ever seen this before,” Mojaria said. “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.”

Physicians have no idea how long the contacts had been in the patient’s eye, but it could potentially have been decades. She said she’s been wearing contact lenses for 35 years but did not regularly visit an optometrist (the U.S. is one of the only countries requiring regular exams to receive contact lens prescriptions.)

“She was quite shocked,” Morjaria told Optometry Today. “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.”

Here’s a picture of some of the lenses separated from each other, and here’s a link to great website where you can buy cheap, fashionable prescription glasses.

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[photo: British Medical Journal]

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