27 contacts found in woman's eye during surgery

The case took place in November last year but has come to light in the ‘British Medical Journal’ only this week

Surgeons found 27 contact lenses lodged in a woman's eye. They then found 10 more lenses in the same eye, totaling 27 in all.

Morjaria said the patient had routine cataract surgery at a later date, and her eye was much more comfortable after the lenses were removed.

Any contact lens wearer will know they'll stop at nothing to retrieve it which is why a group of doctors in the United Kingdom were left stunned after discovering - wait for it - 17 stray lenses at the back of a woman's eye recently. I wear my dailies for an HOUR too long and my eyes start the rejection process: "goop, itching, hide-n-seek", tweeted a second.

The mountain of contacts were discovered as doctors were injecting anesthesia into her eyes to prepare her for a cataract surgery.

. All of the 17 contact lenses were stuck together.

The lenses were discovered in two clumps, Rupal Morjaria, a specialist trainee of ophthalmology, told Optometry Today.

The case took place in November previous year but has come to light in the "British Medical Journal" only this week.

So, not only was her eye socket serving as a makeshift Mary Poppins bag, but she also had a, shall we say, sticky situation going on.

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The pensioner, 67, was completely unaware that the lenses were missing and told surgeons she thought the discomfort was simply down to her old age.

"Nowadays, contact lenses are more readily available via other means and people may be neglecting to have regular checkups".

This case is obviously extreme; most people experience significant discomfort and redness, as well as an increased risk for infections, when contacts get stuck in their eyes.

Below, North gives some basic tips on how to ensure you are safely using contact lenses.

The woman did not report any symptoms of this prior to the surgery.

All the 17 contact lenses were stuck together.

The patient had been wearing disposable contacts for 35 years but had not been to the optometrist for her regular appointments.

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