Morjaria says she and her colleagues were startled to find 17 contact lenses clumped together as they were injecting anesthesia into the woman's eye at Solihull Hospital, southeast of Birmingham. "All the 17 contact lenses were stuck together", she said.
She said: "None of us have ever seen this before".
'It was such a large mass.
"In this day and age, when it is so easy to purchase contact lenses online, people become lax about having regular check ups", Morjaria said.
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She said she was unaware that the lenses were missing.
The case, which took place last November, was published in the British Medical Journal.
Because the lenses were behind the woman's eye for so long, it meant a large amount of bacteria had built up around her conjunctiva. The operating team that included ophthalmologists with more than 20 years of experience had never made such an eye-opening finding. The "blueish mass" was written off by the patient as simple discomfort caused by dry eyes or old age, The Bellingham Herald reports. So I have no clue how this woman managed to stick 27 contact lenses in her eye.
She wanted a simple cataract removal surgery but as she visited the doctor, she received the shock of her life.
Morjaria said she decided to make the case public to raise awareness of the importance of regular check-ups with optometrists. Said Dr. Rupal Morjaria It important to take out the lenses and let the eyes breathe. After she found that her eye has been harbouring 27 contact lenses, she was just as shocked as the doctors were. Contact lenses are used constantly, but if the follow-up is not appropriate, we see people who get eye infections severe, which may even make them lose the view.